Stunning palace in the middle of a lake: Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal, one of the top places to visit in Jaipur, doesn’t have any recorded history about who built it or when.

However, it is popularly believed that Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed the Jal Mahal in 1799 to serve as a hunting lodge.

Some people also credit Maharaja Madho Singh I for making this palace and date its origins back to the 1750s.

Jal Mahal stands in the middle of a lake with a maximum depth of 15 feet and a minimum depth of 4.9 feet.

It is a five-storied structure built in the Rajput style of architecture, with influences of the Mughal architectural style.

While four of its stories remain underwater, only the top level remains visible, giving you the impression that the palace is floating on the waters of the lake.

Jal Mahal has been constructed out of red sandstone.

Four elaborate chhatris designed in octagonal shapes adorn the four corners of the palace.

A huge Bengal-style rectangular chhatri also exists on the roof of the castle.

The Jal Mahal Palace in Jaipur is among the most photographed structures in India.

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