The Jal Mahal (literally “Water Palace”) is a beautiful Mughal-Rajput style palace located in the center of the Mansagar lake a few kilometers to the north of the city of Jaipur. Designed a pleasure resort, the Jal Mahal is an approximately 60m square multistory building which has chhatris on each corner. When the lake is full only the top floor remains above the water level and the Palace can only be reached by boat. The terrace has a typical Charbagh style Mugal garden. Located on the tourist artery, the Jaipur – Amer road, Jal mahal is one of the iconic sights of Jaipur.
Although some sources maintain that it was built as late as 1775, it is likely that the Jal Mahal was built as a pleasure palace by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (the founder of the pink city of Jaipur) at the time of the foundation of the city of Jaipur around 1734. The style of the Palace is consistent with the buildings made around that period and some drawings from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II period also show the plans of Jal Mahal.
This gallery contains images of Jal Mahal that I have made over the years.