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Sunrise as seen from Jal Mahal in Jaipur,India

Jal Mahal

JAIPUR, AUG 20,(UITV): In 1596 A.D., there was an shortage of water because of severe famine in the region. Then, the ruler of Ajmer, was inspired to made a dam to overcome the problems of shortage of water caused by severe famine and to provide relief to people from severe hardships. Initially the dam was made with earth and quartzite in the eastern side of Amer hills. Then, later in the 17th century, the dam was renovated in a masonry structure. The dam which is standing today is 300 meters long and 28.5- 34.5 meters wide. There are total  three gates in the dam to release water for irrigation in the nearby agricultural fields.

The dam has undergone several modes of restoration and renovation by various rulers, but the final renovation is credited to Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amer. In the 18th century, other religious and historical places like Amer fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh fort, Kanak Vrindawan Valley were built in the nearby areas of this lake and now these all are linked through a tourist corridor of road network. Jal Mahal is also known as Water palace, which is situated in the Middle of Man Sagar Lake in Pink City.

The words 'Jal Mahal' mean ‘water palace' and the Jal Mahal Palace in Jaipur is just that. It was built in the 1750 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber, right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It is made of red sandstone.  This is a splendid combination of the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It is a five storey palace, when the lake is full of water its four storey are merged under water, and only the top floor is visible.