Jaipur is a city that has it all, from majestic palaces that ooze royalty, to picturesque natural beauty, vibrant local markets and people who are more than friendly. The city of kings, the pink city, Jaipur has many names and visiting the city is often on top of people’s bucket list. Yet, a trip to Jaipur isn’t complete unless you visit the Jal Mahal and stare longingly at the Man Sagar Lake and here’s why.
Jal Mahal or the ‘Water Palace’ was constructed by Rana Madho Singh in the 1750s, who simply wanted the palace to be a lodge that he could use during his duck hunting parties. The Jal Mahal complex was never intended to be used as a palace per se, but simply a lodge and a rest spot where the maharaja could leisurely gaze at the lush flora.
Rana Madho Singh II, the aforementioned Maharana’s son, is held responsible for greatly enhancing the palace complex. He is known to have done wonders to the interior of the palace, changing it into 18th century masterpiece a well as adding the stunning courtyard grounds and tweaking the much visible exterior.
The Jal Mahal complex is an awe-inspiring piece of architecture. Built in the classic symmetrical Rajput style with just a smidge of Mughal influence, the palace complex makes for a stunning sight to behold. The palace that is five storeys high, is submerged in water and appears to only be single storeyed when the Man Sagar Lake is full.
The insides of the palace complex are adorned with intricate frescos that are an architecture aficionado’s dream come true. Though, you cannot visit the palace anymore since it is being converted into an exclusive restaurant, after completion it would surely prove to be one of the most coveted places to be at.
The stark contrast between the light-sandstone colour of the palace and the blue of Man Sagar Lake also makes it one of the most photograph worthy as well as photographed scenes.
Going to the lake at evening or in night and simply gazing at the beautiful palace, which by-the-way turns even more stunning at night, is a simple pleasure you shouldn’t deprive yourself of.