Learn about Jal Mahal history, why it was constructed and how it is maintained in 21st century. It was constructed way back in 18th century.
Jal Mahal History
During the reign of Raja Man Singh l in 1596 (before Jaipur was established) Amer state was facing severe draught causing shortage of water. Raja Man Singh constructed a Dam between two hills and the rain water was restored into a natural depression.
The lake formed by construction of dam was named Man Sagar Lake after King Man Singh. The dam was made of sand & stones and later restored by Maharaja Jai Singh ll in 18th century.
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In 1799 AD Maharaja Jai Singh ll built Jal Mahal an exotic palace for his queens. The construction followed Ashwamedha Yagna, a sacred puja.
The Water Palace was built for queens and ladies of royal house to bathe in man-made lake. Some small chambers were also raised around the main palace for maids of Royal ladies and guarding troops.
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Restoration of Man Sagar Lake Jaipur
Government of Rajasthan has declared Mansagar Lake and surrounding areas of 382.24 acres, a protected area. After 2000 government has taken many steps to preserve the heritage and ecology of the area.
Under the supervision of a Professor from Botany Department of Rajasthan University thousands of bushes and trees were planted in the surroundings of Jal Mahal. These plants were specially chosen to attract migratory birds and develop ecology in the region.
Under the restoration project a 2 kms long solid walk way was constructed in the foothills of mountains surrounding the lake. As a result these mountains are home to many wild animals and over 150 species of birds.
Best Time to Visit Jal Mahal Jaipur?
Tourism season in Jaipur starts from October and ends by March end. During this time weather is congenial for travelers. It could be visited any time in a day from dusk to 10 PM in night.
The beauty of the palace is highlighted differently during different times. Like in early morning when sun rises from behind the mountains of this water palace and in evening sun rays reflect on the yellow walls of water palace creating a glittering effect in water. Or in night when the lights inside reflect in water creating an aura.
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How to reach Jal Mahal India?
It is 4 KMs away from walled city of Jaipur on the way to Amer. The place is very well connected to each part of town by buses, cabs, autos, taxis and e-rickshaws. Hiring a bike or cycle for Jaipur site seeing is a convenient and cost efficient option.
- Jaipur International Airport (18.2 Kms)
- Jaipur Railway Station (6.9 Kms)
- Badi Chaupad Metro Station (4.2 Kms)
- Sindhi Camp Bus Stand Jaipur (5.3 Kms)