Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a stunning historical palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber remodeled this whole Mahal in the 18th century. Only one story appears above the lake's water level, and four stories are submerged in the lake.

Jal Mahal is in the center of the Man Sagar Lake on the Amer – Jaipur main road. This masterful creation borders the Nahargarh Hills. Jal Mahal has turned into a real tourist delight with its laid-back ambiance and mesmerizing view.

Tourists cannot enter the precincts of the fort. However, boating in a lake is your chance to admire its beauty. In the evening, the fort glimmers in the light and cast reflection in the lake. It is a fascinating sight for onlookers.

The palace stands out as one of India's most photographed monuments because it is gifted with a picturesque view of surrounding lake waters and the Nahargarh mountain ridge.



It is a moot point among historians as to who constructed the palace. Most historians opine that Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built Jal Mahal in 1799 because he needed a hunting lodge for duck shooting trips.

The kings organized royal birds and duck hunting parties of yore because the lake abounds in local and migratory birds. Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh hobnobbed with foreign dignitaries of the British Raj and other elite class at this pleasure palace. 

Some historians deduce that Maharaja Madho Singh I constructed Jal Mahal in 1750, and he had no intent to use it as a royal palace. 

Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber renovated and added some structures to enhance its appearance. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built the Man Sagar Lake. Talented artisans constructed these structures.



This low rise symmetrical palace is a fusion of the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It has four floors beneath the water surface, and only the fifth floor is above the surface.

Red sandstone was the primary building material, and the palace houses four octagon-shaped chhatris at the corners. Maharaja Jai Singh II remodeled it in the 18th century and developed twenty-one intricately carved pillars as the royal family's cenotaphs.

Chameli Bagh, a garden on the roof, staged dance performances and recitals on the center's platform. The old garden fell into disrepair; it was renovated again.

The Rajasthan Government used organic construction materials such as herbs, sand, and lime to renovate the Jal Mahal.

Traditional Rajasthani Blue Pottery is the highlight of the central dome Chini Burj. Shoba Burj portrays impressive Rajasthani jewels and designs. Paintings and artistry of Lord Krishna are visible in the hallway of Raas Niwas Tibari.

The Gulab Tibari hall features rose pink creations, and its name synchronizes with the title of Jaipur 'Pink City'. Four halls depict real Rajput art and designs. You will witness intricate patterns of blue and gold décor in the Anand Mahal Tibari.

You will see patterns and paintings of heavy clouds in the skies across the hallway of the Badal Mahal.



  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Autos/Taxis/Bus : The Jal Mahal is 5 kilometers from Jaipur city center. You can hire a taxi or auto to reach here comfortably. Alternatively, you can board a local bus and get off at the nearest bus stop Shahpura Bagh. Walk 200 meters from the bus stop to reach Jal Mahal.
  • Air : Take a taxi from Jaipur airport to reach Jal Mahal in 15 minutes.


Ticket Pricing

  • Indians : INR 10
  • Foreigners : INR 50 ...
  • Camera Fees : 25 INR...

Things to Do

You can have the time of your life with umpteen activities around Jal Mahal.

Boat Ride:

Boating across Man Singh Lake is exhilarating because it affords you a chance to admire the magnificent views of the palace, Aravali hills, forts, and temples. These wooden boats give you a royal experience of escapade around the lake.


The surrounding of Jal Mahal is dotted with many small shops. You can buy souvenirs such as khadi clothes, handicrafts, and jewelry items for your near and dear ones.

Camel ride

Camel is the ship of the desert. At Man Sagar Lake, you can try a bumpy ride to experience traditional desert life.


Wake up the shutterbug in you and carry tons of memories from the most photographed spots of Jal Mahal. Capture the exquisite beauty of this place in your camera.

Sunrise and sunset

The beauty of the Jal Mahal increases manifold during sunset and sunrise. This Water Palace is nestled amidst Nahargarh Hills. Beautiful sights will unfold before you.

Rajasthani Dishes

You can savor traditional Rajasthani food such as Daal Baati and Churma or have snacks like Kachori.


You can stroll in the magnificent gardens to the south of Man Sagar Lake.

Bird Watching

Jal Mahal was home for local and migratory birds like kestrel, pochards, pintail, great crested grebe, flamingos, common moorhen. It is likely to spot migratory birds like White-browed Wagtail, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, and Grey Heron here.

After restoration, it has again become Bird Watcher’s Paradise. Bird fair is organized annually to generate awareness about the lake’s condition.


Jal Mahal, Amer Road, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Rating & Reviews

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Fact Book
Fact Book
09/19/2020 15:07
Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. The Jal Mahal palace is an architectural showcase of the Rajput style of architecture (common in Rajasthan) on a grand scale. The building has a picturesque view of the lake itself but owing to its seclusion from land is equally the focus of a viewpoint from the Man Sagar Dam on the eastern side of the lake in front of the backdrop of the surrounding Nahargarh ("tiger-abode") hills. The palace, built-in red sandstone, is a five storied building, of which four floors remain underwater when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed.
Dhruv Gupta
Dhruv Gupta
08/27/2020 09:45
Very good place and a big walking and jogging area for people, benches and other facilities provided but lack in cleanliness
Shabib Siddiqui
Shabib Siddiqui
10/03/2020 22:50
Nice place. With a equally nice story behind it. Visit it preferably in the afternoon on the way to Amer Fort. Click some pictures. Visit it again on your return from Amer, when the light are turned on when the sun sets. That's beautiful as well.
Anush Paliwal
Anush Paliwal
07/16/2020 14:55
Wonderful view and amazing experience. The place has a glorious and beautiful history. The view of water Palace is really mesmerizing. One can hang out here. Though normally it is very crowded place. One should go very early in the morning at the time of sunrise. Then you can really have an extra ordinary experience of nature.
Sharath MV
Sharath MV
09/22/2020 23:19
No option to actually go the palace. Have to enjoy it from main road itself. environment is good. Good option for taking pic in traditional dresses.

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You can take in the palace's exquisite beauty from outside and get into a boat to move around the palace in the lake. Visitors cannot enter the Jal Mahal.
As per the state government, the Jal Mahal and the Man Sagar Lake are protected areas under the Rajasthan Lake Development Authority to curb activities in the waters. ...
Jal Mahal has cenotaphs in memory of Royal family members such as Pratap Singh, Madho Singh II, and Jai Singh II. Jai Singh II's cenotaph was made using marble. Impressive intricate carvings adorn the cenotaphs. Dome with 20 carved pillars is another attraction. ...
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh was fond of duck shooting trips, and he constructed the Jal Mahal in 1799 as a hunting lodge. Some scholars attribute its construction to Maharaja Madho Singh I. They also claim that the Jal Mahal dates back to the 1750s. ...
The king of Amer determined to build a dam between the surrounding hills to check floods during the 18th century. Back then, the castle was submerged in water. ...
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