Jal Mahal - The Water Palace
Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur. It is also known as The Water Palace. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake. The light sand coloured stone walls of the Jal Mahal Jaipur are at a stark contrast to the deep blue of the waters of the lake, while from the innards of the palace lush foliage sprouts.
History of the Jal Mahal
The Jal Mahal when translated into English means the Water Palace but the complex was never intended to be used as a palace by Maharaja Madho Singh I. Jal Mahal constructed in 1750. Simply wished it to be a lodge for himself and his entourage during his duck hunting parties. Madho’s son Madho Singh II greatly enhanced the Jal Palace during the 18th century interior of the palace adding the courtyard grounds and much of the exterior as seen today.
Visitors are not allowed to enter the Palace. But you can have a nice photos from the main road.
Bird Watching at Lake Palace
You can spot resident birds throughout the year and hear their cheeps and chirps. But remember, by the end of winter (end of February- beginning of March), migratory birds start returning to their homeland.
Although If you are not a seasoned bird watcher, you can easily spot around 15 different birds during my visit.