Jal Mahal

‘Jal Mahal’ literally means Water Palace and as the name indicates, this attractive historical monument is surrounded by water on all sides.

Located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is accessible by a short boat ride. Beautiful Rajput-styled wooden oar boats ferry tourists to the palace which exhibits a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

The palace is actually five storeyed of which only one or two storeys are visible and rest are under water.

On the roof of the palace stand proudly five Rajputana Chhatris, an octagonal chhatri in each of the four corners and a rectangular one at the centre of the roof.

On the second floor of the palace is a beautiful and fragrant terrace garden, Chameli bagh.

The palace also boasts of an underground swimming pool which self regulates the temperature of the water and maintains it at optimum.

Jal Mahal presently serves as a heritage hotel and is maintained by the Government of India. With Aravalis on one side and bustling city on the other, the palace offers a mesmerising view.

The lake surrounding the palace is home to a number of resident birds and is visited by many beautiful migratory birds. The best time to visit Jal Mahal is between the months of June and October when flora and fauna in the lake around is at its peak.


Jal Mahal was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and was later extended by his successors.

History of the palace is very inadequately documented. It is not very clear as to why the palace was built… whether it was meant for organising duck-shooting parties or to serve as an underground swimming pool for the ladies of the royal family.




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