It was the first day of our stay in Jaipur. We had arrived at Jaipur on the same day at 12 pm in the noon. As we were all quite tired due to lack of sleep in the last night, we decided to go to the hotel and then to come back in the evening to start our trips to different places of the city. It was the month of January and the temperature of Jaipur was quite cold. Since it was very cold outside, the experience was more fun. All four of us started our trip from the hotel to Jal Mahal. I had read about Jal Mahal in my history books and from another travelogue where the beauty of the marvellous architecture is described with detailed intricacy. As we were finally going to see the Jal Mahal by own eyes, I was quite excited.
The Jal Mahal is located in the Ajmer Road in Jaipur and is one of the finest architectural monuments of the heritage city. The uniqueness of its construction is what makes it stand a class apart from the rest of the architectural marvels in the state. There is the Man Sagar Lake in the midst of which the Jal Mahal is set up that exhibits an eye-popping aura with its excellence of architecture and drags in visitors from all over the world.
The construction was built some 300 years ago and was restored by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Within water, the monument is spread across 60 meters in area. The English meaning of Jal Mahal is “Water Palace” and is built by red sandstone. It is a palace which was built by the king of Jaipur and was marked as the house for the queens living in the kingdom. To go inside the palace is prohibited to the common people; however people just go there to visit the slight glimpse of it. The bottom 3 levels of the palace remains submerged in the water while the topmost level is visible and can be accessed by boat. The view of the building in the evening especially is much more delighting. That was the reason why I decided to go near the palace and have a look during the evening itself. It is truly a magnificence piece of architecture.