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The Jal Mahal – A Royal Heritage Reinstated

Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Jal Mahal, Jaipur

The Pink City in the ‘Land of Princes’ is now riding high on its latest achievement.  Adding another feather to its crown is the recently reinstated pristine heritage, the Jal Mahal. Situated amidst the Man Sagar Lake in the city of Jaipur, the water palace was the brainchild of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.  The imperial family of Rajasthan is said to have relished the services of this pleasure palace during their famous regal duck shooting adventures.

However, this magnificent architectural wonder suffered a terrible damage against the inroads of time and neglect and had almost been on the verge of anonymity since a past couple of years.  What came to its rescue were the embracing efforts by the government of Rajasthan that decided to restore the lost glory of this legendary heritage. The painstaking efforts of a close collaboration between the Government of Rajasthan and a private consortium under a large restoration project ultimately bore fruitful results in the beginning of this year. An exquisite example of Indo-Mughal architecture, the legendary pleasure palace is now open to tourists and is being touted as the next big thing in the ever-multiplying Rajasthan tourism industry. Under the recently undertaken restoration project, the ecological restoration of the Man Sagar Lake was the core objective.

Surrounded by Nahargarh Hills, the enrapturing beauty of the place is bound to leave you spell bound! The Man Sagar Lake has a 300 acres water spread area and is flanked by the majestic Aravali Hills on three sides. The monumental Jal Mahal situated amidst the lake is set opposite to the cenotaphs of the royal family. These include the famous cenotaphs built in the memory of famous Kachwaha rulers such as  Pratap Singh, Madho Singh II and Jai Singh II. The five-storyed red sandstone palace provides a breathtaking picaresque view of the glistening green waters of the lake. The bottom flour floors usually remain submerged in the water body with the exception of the fifth floor that provides a splendid view of the landscape through its elaborately designed and intricately carved balconies and arched roofs.

The mesmerizing reflection of this magnificent palace in the waters of the Man Sagar Lake is sure to send a shiver up your spine. Thousands of migratory birds visit this place during the chilling winter months and lend an additional charm to the beauty of this exquisite landscape. Not only this, the pristine waters of the lake are home to countless resident birds that include pintail, pochards, large flamingoes, redshank, kestrel and coot. Besides, the reserve area of the Man Sagar Lake is a natural habitat of numerous wildlife species that include jungle cat, striped hyena, deer, Indian fox, Indian wild Boar and leopards.

A visit to this stunning beautiful architectural wonder is sure to creating a lasting impression on your mind. Next time when you plan a trip to the Pink City, don’t forget to include the majestic Jal Mahal in your tour plan. The appealing semblance of this exquisite structure is bound to make you fall in love with the city all over again!

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