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“palace on water”
Review of Jal Mahal

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“palace on water”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Jal Mahal Palace of Jaipur, built in 1799, is noted for its intricate beauty and architecture. Situated amidst the picturesque Mansagar Lake, the palace has the Nahargarh hills forming its backdrop. Jal Mahal of Jaipur, Rajasthan is a five-story palace, with the first four floors being submerged under water. The Nahargarh Fort situated nearby offers a splendid view of the lake as well as the palace.

Visited December 2011
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“Photo Opportunity”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

It's difficult to know why you should line up to take exactly the same shot that professionals have been taking for years. But in the right light this is a very picturesque spot and worth a five minute leg stretch. The lake, until recently the terminus of the Jaipur sewage pipe, has been cleaned up enough for it to have fish in it now but it's still full of litter. I'm still not sure I'd want to be rowed across it to reach the palace even if that were an option, which it isn't.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful view, lovely photo, postcard shot”
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Our driver stopped here so that we could take a few snaps. The reflection of the palace with water all around on a hot sunny day is superb. You just want to get a boat over and visit, which is what I wanted to do but unfortunately not an option.

All you can do is take a 15 minute break, take some lovely photos, buy something from a vendor if you want or further along you can get a camel or elephant ride.

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“Another great sight.”
Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Another worthwhile sight. From the promenade you get a great view of this sight and its worth spending time there, however, like many monuments it is infested with trinket sellers, scammers and pickpockets. The road side approaching the monument seriously lets it down and while I was there the drains were flushing up from the manhole covers.

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“Gorgeous to see from the outside, sadly, you cannot go inside but stop by for a quick photo!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Make sure you put a drive-by of Jal Mahal on your Jaipur itinerary. Our driver told us many stories about Jal Mahal: it was used as a summer retreat from the heat of the city palace as Jal Mahal was engineered to capture the wind off the lake to cool the rooms inside. When it was too hot to be in the city palace, the Jaipur royal family would escape to Jal Mahal to cool off.

If you jump out of your car to snap a few shots - be mindful that you will be swarmed by locals trying to sell you trinkets and baubles. My driver stopped at a great photo spot away from the crowd of vendors so as they made their way over to me, I snapped some great pics and jumped right back in to the car!

A sight to behold for certain but it is too bad it is not open for touring.

Visited August 2012
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