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Jal Mahal

The Jal Mahal is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, just outside the Jaipur city center. The lake dries up in the dry season but in the monsoon season the only way to reach it is by boat.

Jal Mahal, near Amber Fort and Jaigarph Fort
Jal Mahal, near Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort

When I visited the Jal Mahal could not be visited. The lake got polluted due to sewage flow from the Jaipur city and the palace is uninhabited. I was told nowadays it sees visitors.

Jal Mahal, meaning "Water Palace" is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. I'm not sure how old the palace exactly is but I do know that the lake in which it stands is part of an artificial lake that dates back to the 16th century. The lake was build to ensure water supply for the maharajas and the people in the area.

In the 18th century the palace and the lake were renovated and enlarged by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. Since those days, pollution has taken a great toll on the water quality of the lake. Jaipur's growth became a serious problem. In 2000 a more permanent solution was sought and the lake was cleaned, the palace restored

Jal Mahal, near Amber Fort and Jaigarph Fort

Jal Mahal is a good stop when you go to Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, it's 4km from the Jaipur city center on the way to the fort.

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