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Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal (translated English as "Water Palace") is a palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake in the city of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The palace was built in 1699. The building and the surrounding lake were later renovated and enlarged in the 18th century.

Jal Mahal palace is a symmetrical architectural showcase of Rajput architecture from Mughal architecture. The building has views of Man Sagar Lake.

Constructed of red sandstone, the palace is a five-story structure, four floors of which are submerged when the lake is full, and the top floor is exposed. While many come to see the Jal Mahal from the shores of Man Sagar Lake, not many are aware of the technology and innovative design used in the construction of this ancient palace. The palace looks like a single storey on the surface, but in fact its stone walls hold millions of liters of water and a specially designed lime mortar has prevented water from seeping into the palace for over 250 years.

 

A garden with arched passages was built on the terrace of the palace. An elegant dome and half-octagonal towers were built at each corner of this palace.

The interior of the Jal Mahal Palace is not open to visitors.

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