Jal Mahal Water Palace - India

Jal Mahal Water Palace – India

Jal Mahal Water Palace
Jal Mahal Water Palace

Jal Mahal is called the Water Palace. This is because it is located in the middle of a beautiful lake in a mountain valley and seems to hang in the air, not touching the surface of the water at all.

Jal Mahal Water Palace – However, it is not. We can’t see it – but as many as four floors of this unusual building are submerged in water. What we can observe is only the upper part of this kind of “iceberg”.

Jal Mahal Water Palace 1
Jal Mahal Water Palace

Europeans are attracted by the picturesque nature of this place, but for the indigenous people of India, Jal Mahal Water Palace is a story about justice and the king’s care for his subjects.

The fact is that the Jal Mahal Water Palace is only part of a large palace complex, and it did not always stand on the water. Lake Man Sagar – appeared much later and it is of artificial origin. And it was like this:

Jal Mahal Water Palace 2
Jal Mahal Water Palace

The palace complex was built by the youngest son of the maharaja Jai ​​Singh II, the ruler of the state of Jaipur Sawai Madho Singh I (1750 – 1768).

Jal Mahal Water Palace night
Jal Mahal Water Palace

Jal Mahal Water Palace – Sawai Madho Singh I left a memory of himself for centuries by being a skillful and competent politician, built several palaces and a city, was engaged in education and promoted Indian architects, artists, athletes, poets. He himself composed several poetic and philosophical works. His reign is marked by long-term peace and prosperity.

History

The palace complex in the heart of a valley surrounded by low picturesque mountains was built as a summer residence of the Maharaja. Here he indulged in hunting and arts. Perhaps my association is a little strained, but Jal Mahal Water Palace reminded me of the history of the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam , when the Prussian king Frederick the Great built himself a small palace and park , calling them “Without worries.” (more…)