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Jal Mahal (Water Palace)

It used to be that the Jal Mahal (Water Palace) was merely another fortress worthy of a quick photo op on the way to or from Amber Fort. After undergoing a dramatic restoration, however, the palace perched in the middle of Man Sagar Lake is worthy of a visit in its own right.

Sawai Pratap Singh built the five-story red sandstone palace in 1799 using Rajput and Mughal stylistic elements. After 200 years of neglect, water damage and general disrepair, the palace was restored to its original splendor. The rooftop gardens, Jal Mahal’s most stunning features, have been carved, painted and gilded by dozens of artists and designers, and the resulting details are exquisite.

During the monsoon season from June through September, the bottom four floors of the palace become submerged, but the boat trip across the glassy waters makes this the best time for a visit. Come at dusk when the setting sun lights up the water and marble alike. The palace is known to close on occasion for extended periods of time, so call ahead before you go.

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Private Tour: Amber Fort and Jal Mahal Including Elephant Ride

Visit one of India’s most renowned architectural gems on this private tour to Jaipur’s Amber Fort. Take an exciting elephant ride up to the fort and witness an ...  Read more

Location: Jaipur, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.99
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2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Admire the beauty and extravagance of 18th-century architecture in India as you visit incredible palatial complexes, forts and temples on this 2-day private ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $126.00

3-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride

Get an in-depth look at the rich architectural history and cultural heritage of Jaipur on this 3-day tour of the vibrant and dynamic capital of Rajasthan in ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $227.00

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