As we knew, Jaipur focuses on great Indian history and architecture. So, here is a little glimpse of Indian culture and sights that I absolutely love and proud of.
After coming back from Nahargarh Fort, we moved to our new hostel. Because we heard about Horn Ok Please Hostel from some random nomllers. When you were blessed with such an amazing experience then why to hesitate in capturing the moment and sharing the same with you people.
Living in this place is like living in a hostel with friends. I loved the vibes of those dormitory beds and self-service kitchen of Horn Ok Please. If you want luxurious accommodation either shared or private on a tight budget then this place is meant for you. Also, you get a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, including all the modern amenities.
The thing is that I’ve got an experience here which isn’t only sociable and value for money, but aesthetically beautiful too. In short, staying at a beautiful hostel really made my stay in Jaipur even better.
I started the next day at Chotiwala with my special vegetarian thali and it was delicious. Chotiwala is a restaurant known for its scrumptious food and is located just 2 km away from Horn Ok Please.
After the body was accomplished with enough fuel, we headed towards Jal Mahal.
Have you heard of Man-Made Wonder under Water?
The iconic & historical ‘Jal Mahal’ or ‘Water Palace’ is located in the centre of Lake Man Sagar was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The man-made wonder Jal Mahal is one of the most beautiful and eye-catching monuments surrounded by the Aravalli hills range and its reflection in the water gives visitors a spectacular view, especially in the night time.
Strolling around the lake parallel to the road, clicking pictures with Jal Mahal and glancing the tranquil palace is an important tourist activity here.
The Rajput style of architecture gives it a unique look. However, the thing that annoyed me was the garbage dumped on the sidewalk and by the lake. I really hope that they will be able to control the problem of garbage by the lakeside.
Probably the most tranquil scene among the chaos of Jaipur is the Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. This majestic view makes the Jal Mahal the most photographed monument of Jaipur.
Also, to get the real tone of Rajasthani culture, do a photoshoot in authentic traditional Rajasthani costumes with Jal Mahal. If you haven’t done so yet, you are definitely missing something.
Did you know that Jal Mahal looks like only one storey, but in fact, it is a 5 storey structure, with 4 stories underwater? The architecture of the Water Palace really blew my mind that no water seeps inside.
I was so flabbergasted when I heard about the solid stone walls made up of specially designed lime mortar which holds millions of litres of water for more than 200 years.
The romantic boat rides provided by gondolas across the lake and permission to go inside also stopped 3 years ago on account of the long-pending legal disputes of the Jal Tarang Project.
Best Time to see Jal Mahal:
The best time to visit Jal Mahal is between 5:30 pm and 6 pm during sunset or when the weather is so cold and pleasant compared to the rest of the day.
How to Reach Jal Mahal:
Jal Mahal is located on the main Amer-Jaipur road. Therefore, while going to Amer or Nahargarh Fort, you can have the spectacular view of Jal Mahal by saving your significant time in a day. Moreover, the cool and crisp way to reach Jal Mahal on the camel’s back is by hiring a delightful camel ride from the market. It costs around Rs 400 to Rs 500 only which is worth of the deep-rooted experience.
Jal Mahal Architecture:
The fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles makes it one of the most visited spots in Jaipur. The ceiling carvings have attractive arches. Apart from this, rectangular Chhatris of Bengal type at the four corners on the roof are also giving a grand look to the Jal Mahal Palace on a large scale.
The mesmerizing palace is made of red sandstones. Weirdly enough, there are no chambers in the palace but still have a beautiful garden where the ruler of Jaipur used to enjoy the stroll.
When I first saw, it’s like the light sand coloured gem is floating in the deep blue of the waters of the lake around the lush green sprouts and I couldn’t keep my eyes away from it.
Historical Significance of Jal Mahal:
However, no record tells of the establishment of the Jal Mahal. It was built during the famine that invaded the kingdom in the 16th century when there was a consequence acute shortage of water.
Therefore, the ruler of Amer inspired the people living in the area to build a dam to store water to overcome the severe difficulties caused by the famine. That is why the dam was built on the Darbhawati River between the two surrounding hills to prevent any flood.
Also, it was the favourite place of Rajput kings of Jaipur for duck hunting because initially it was built for hunting in that area.
Due to all those alluring monuments, Jaipur holds a special place in my heart and it is especially ravishing at night.
You shouldn’t miss such a beautiful edifice which is certainly one of the greatest Indian creations, which is well preserved till date.
If you want to see some of the more beautiful places I’ve travelled to, stay tuned!!