These are some of the photos of the newly renovated Jal Mahal Palace in the Man Sagar Lake,Jaipur. It is a huge project as you can see and a lot of work has been done. But a lot of work needs to be done yet though the buzz is they are going to open it to the public in the near future.
I have been to the Man Sagar Lake a lot of times but have only seen Jal Mahal Palace’s view from the Amber Road side. It was a novelty to view it from another angle while sitting in a boat, no less. They have put in a lot of research and effort to faithfully reproduce the finer details as they must have been in the past. The look of the boats has been copied as they were depicted in paintings of days gone by when the boats of Royalty used to ply on the Man Sagar Lake. The top floor has also been faithfully preserved or reproduced as it was in ancient times. There are fountains and marble flooring and lights. The chatris you see from the Amber Road have been painted with murals. A gallery is also being developed on the floor below the top floor. Original ancient paintings are being blown up and each detail is being reproduced as per the original drawings. I think the artist is going to have his work cut out for him as he will have to maintain them in pristine condition as the moisture from all the water in the lake is going to play havoc with the murals.
They are also trying to save trees threatened with extinction because of various reasons by transplanting them at great cost in the campus here.
A recent Time Magazine article suggests it is one of the top reasons to visit Jaipur.
All in all this project is a winner and it was an evening well spent.