4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Add your review

  • Address: Jaipur, India

Jaipur ATTRACTIONS See all

Jal Mahal (Water Palace) Tours

Situated smack in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, on the road that runs between Jaipur and Amber Fort (Amer Fort), the 18th-century Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a gorgeous red sandstone palace that’s accessible only by boat. Though currently closed to visitors, the dreamlike structure is still an incredible sight to behold from shore.

The Basics
This 5-story palace was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, who integrated Rajput and Mughal stylistic features into its architecture. After centuries of disrepair, a refurbishment project began in the early 21st century, though it’s still not open for the public to explore. However, many tours of Jaipur stop at the lake’s shores (usually en route to nearby Amber Fort) for photographs, particularly in the monsoon season when the lake is at its fullest.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Peering across the water at the Jal Mahal is a must-do for all first-time Jaipur visitors.
  • The Jal Mahal is not open to the public; most Jaipur sightseeing tours just stop in front of it.
  • Sometimes dignitaries are allowed to visit the palace, so you may see boats on the water.
  • The Jal Mahal is at its most photogenic in August and September, when monsoon rains cause the lake’s water level to rise.
 
How to Get There
The Jal Mahal is located between Jaipur and Amber Fort, just before the turnoff to the Jaigarh Fort road. It’s a 10-minute drive from both Amber Fort’s parking lot and Jaipur’s top attractions such as the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar observatory, and the City Palace.
 
When to Get There
While the Jal Mahal is viewable year-round, it is most attractive and photogenic during and immediately after the monsoon season (July and August), when the lake’s water level is high. Visit earlier in the year and you’ll see some of the lower floors, which are submerged when the lake is full.

The Palace: Past and Future
Not much is known about the palace’s original intents, though many believe it was intended to be used as a summer getaway and duck hunting lodge for the royal family. After much neglect, it was restored as part of a public-private partnership, but has remained in a state of flux for years. There’s much speculation about the palace’s future fate, but for now the building remains closed to the public.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Private Jaipur Day Trip from New Delhi with Lunch, New Delhi, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Jaipur Day Trip from New Delhi with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Travel to Jaipur on this full-day tour from New Delhi. You will gain appreciation of the distinctive culture, cuisine, architecture, and history of Jaipur. ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 12 to 15 hrs

From USD $20.00
Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Jaipur City, Jaipur, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Jaipur City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar — in addition to other top attractions on a private full-day tour of Jaipur. Your ...  Read more

Location: Jaipur, India
Duration: 9 to 10 hrs

From USD $40.00
Private Day-Trip to Jaipur from Kolkata Including Return Flight, Kolkata, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day-Trip to Jaipur from Kolkata Including Return Flight

Early morning pickup at 3:30am from Hotel in Kolkata and depart to Kolkata Airport for Flight to Jaipur. Visit Jaipur Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal ...  Read more

Location: Kolkata, India
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $328.00
Jaipur Same Day-Tour from Kolkata Including Return Flight, Kolkata, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Jaipur Same Day-Tour from Kolkata Including Return Flight

3:30am pickup from hotel in Kolkata and depart to Kolkata Airport Fly to Jaipur. Visit Jaipur Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal . After Jaipur ...  Read more

Location: Kolkata, India
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $392.00
Private Day Trip to Jaipur from Delhi by Car with Lunch, New Delhi, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Trip to Jaipur from Delhi by Car with Lunch

Experience Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state on this full day trip from Delhi. With a private guide, sit back and relax during your comfortable ...  Read more

Location: New Delhi, India
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Private Full-Day Jaipur Tour from Delhi, New Delhi, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Full-Day Jaipur Tour from Delhi

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This private day trip to Jaipur takes you to visit some of the most amazing destinations including of the Pink City including Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City ...  Read more

Location: New Delhi, India
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
FULL DAY AGRA JAIPUR TOUR FROM DELHI BY CAR, New Delhi, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

FULL DAY AGRA JAIPUR TOUR FROM DELHI BY CAR

While in Delhi, take in the highlights of the Golden Triangle of India on a full-day tour to Agra and Jaipur. Visit top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 19 to 20 hrs

From USD $144.00
Jaipur (Pink City) Day Trip, New Delhi, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Jaipur (Pink City) Day Trip

Jaipur, the capital city of the most flamboyant state is the major tourist destination of the country. Beautiful forts, palaces and temples dominate the ...  Read more

Location: New Delhi, India
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $108.00
Private Tour: Amber Fort from Jaipur, Jaipur, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Amber Fort from Jaipur

On this 5-hour tour to the Amber Fort, visit the sites and beautiful palaces of Jaipur's beautiful monument. Enjoy the Jeep ride throughout the tour. Rejoice ...  Read more

Location: Jaipur, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Private Jaipur Sightseeing by Day and Night with Traditional Indian Home Dinner, Jaipur, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Jaipur Sightseeing by Day and Night with Traditional Indian Home Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour is a perfect opportunity to see and enjoy the best of Jaipur. Visit the major monuments of Jaipur during the day and see them illuminated at night. ...  Read more

Location: Jaipur, India
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message