Jaipur: Jal Mahal, the water palace

While we were on the way to visit the Amer Fort, we decided to stop next to the Water Palace. Jal Mahal stands in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake and is surrounded by a web of mysteries: the actual construction date of Jal Mahal remains unknown.

It is likely to be built around 300 years ago, and was constructed in the Mughal-Rajputana style of architecture, as a pleasure resort. It is five storey building made up of red sandstone. Four levels of the building submerge under water when the lake is full and only the top most level remains visible and can be accessed with the help of a boat.

Jaipur Water Palace 1

The palace has been extensively renovated in the last years and is now restored to its full glory. It seems that there will be plans to open it up to the public again, but for now all you can do is enjoy it from afar or looking at this website.

I’ve seen pictures of the palace in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. But it must also look fantastic in the morning.

It was just a shame that the light was already very bright when we arrived, so our photographer teacher Gary told us to shoot into the light and just use the palace and the people looking at it as silhouettes.

Jaipur Water Palace 2

This was difficult at first, but I think I’ve got some nice shots.

Jaipur Water Palace 3

Jaipur Water Palace 4


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