Friday, May 18, 2012
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
An architecturally beauty, situated amidst the picturesque surroundings of Mansagar Lake and Nahargarh hills
Jal Mahal “Water Palace “is a palace located in the middle of mansagar Lake, Jaipur. Its located 6 KM before to Amber Fort at Amber Fort Road outside Jaipur.The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.
It’s a historical place, built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD. As we know it’s located in the middle of the mansagar Lake. This mansagar lake was formed by constructing a dam between the 2 hills by Sawai man Singh. This is a best example of Rajputs architecture, Jal Mahal is deployed with vast architectural.
The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed. The rectangular Chhatri on the roof is of the Bengal type. The Chhatris on the four corners are octagonal.On the terrace of the palace, a garden was built with arched passages. At each corner of this palace semi-octagonal towers were built with an elegant cupola. It's a romantic place with its peace full red sandstone intricate architecture.
The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover. Traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan have crafted the Rajput style wooden boats. A gentle splashing of oars on the clear lake waters takes you to Jal Mahal. You move past decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh. Across the lake, you can view the Aravalli hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur. The most remarkable change is in the lake itself. The drains were diverted, two million tonnes of toxic silt were dredged from the bottom, increasing its depth by over a metre, a water treatment system was developed, local vegetation and fish reintroduced, the surrounding wetlands regenerated and five nesting islands created to attract migratory birds
I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources