|Picture courtesy: http://www.jauntri.com |
I borrowed this picture for two reasons. I couldn't have taken a photograph at such an angle and so well. Secondly, the Jal Mahal is not exactly in this pristine shape just now.
: The Man Sagar Lake, situated to the north of Jaipur city lies between Amer, the historic city and Jaipur, the provincial headquarters of Rajasthan. It is enclosed by the Aravalli hills on the north, west and eastern sides, while the southern side consists of plains that are intensely inhabited. There is the Nahargarh Fort in the hills that provides a commanding view of the Man Sagar Lake and Jal Mahal, in addition to a beautiful view of the city of Jaipur.
The Jal Mahal is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture providing a picturesque view of the lake and the surrounding Nahargarh (abode of the tigers) hills. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five-storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and only the top floor is exposed. The rectangular Chhatri on the roof is of the Bengal type. The chhatris on the four corners are octagonal. On the terrace of the palace, a garden had been built with arched passages.
|Man Sagar Lake with the hills in the background|
|Aravalli Hills & Man Sagar Lake|
There was a time when it was possible to visit Jal Mahal by taking a boat ride to the premises. But recently, the property has been purchased by a hotel chain and is not accessible to the public. They plan to restore it extensively before turning it into a 5-star hotel. I just got to stand beside the railings and take a few photographs of the Man Sagar Lake and structures that were in the water.
|Storks waiting patiently to catch fish|
What fascinated me were some storks that were standing near one of the structures. I first presumed they were statues as none of them had moved in the five minutes that I had been standing there. Suddenly, I saw a stork take off from the roof and then a couple of them turned their heads. That’s when I realised they were all live birds. It was amazing how they stood patiently in the water on one leg, waiting to catch fish. It was a peaceful sight indeed.
After enjoying the cool breeze for a few more moments, I left the area as there was no place to visit actually.
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