This is a short excursion just outside Jaipur directly on the route to Amer Palace. So you can easily combine this with a visit to the palace on the same day.
Jal Mahal means “Water Palace”, and is located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. I’ve read many articles claiming that it is being converted into a hotel, but on visiting in early 2015 I didn’t see much evidence for that. There’s no way to actually visit the palace itself although it looks as though at one time this may have been possible (there’s a closed down ticket office by the lake shoreline).
The palace and lake were renovated in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amer, whose greatest achievement was the construction of Jaipur city itself, now the capital of Rajasthan.
The best time to visit (or more like, see) the Jal Mahal is late afternoon during the golden hour. For the shot above I used a Lee Big Stopper filter to close the shutter speed down and smooth out the water.
Having seem photos of the palace illuminated at night I returned to this location one evening whilst in Jaipur, it’s only a short rickshaw ride away from the Pink City. Unfortunately it was shrouded in darkness, I suspect it is only lit up during festive periods (Diwali etc).
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