Located on the southern island of the grand Lake Pichola in Udaipur, the Jag Mandir Palace is one of the most important palaces of the city. The beautiful palace is a three storied structure built entirely of yellow sandstone.
The Jag Mandir Palace is located on the infamous Lake Pichola, the lake is located centrally to the City of Udaipur. One of the four islands located on the lake houses the Jag Mandir Palace, which is also called as the Lake Garden Palace.
It is interesting to note that the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan took several design inspirations for the majestic Taj Mahal from the Lake Garden Palace.
Gul Mahal located within the palace attracts the maximum number of visitors as Prince Khurram used to live here with his family. This part is built with Islamic style of architecture thus, showcasing the open-mindedness of the royals of the bygone era.
To serve for religious purposes Khurram was also allowed to build a mosque within the palace, the interiors are decorated beautifully with Muslim crescent structures.
The courtyard forms the other major attraction within the palace which is festooned with beautiful black and white tiles.
The Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Kunwar Pada ka Mahal, and the Zenana Mahal are other major attractions within the grand palace.
Bara Patharon ka Mahal is named so as it is made of 12 sold slabs marbles. The Kunwar Pada ka Mahal is the one that was kept for the crowned prince
The Zenana Mahal has several chambers meant for the royal ladies. The Lake Palace is also beautifully decorated with rose, jasmine, bougainvillea, frangipani and other flower gardens, tall palm trees and more.
The palace was built in the 17th Century and the first to start raising it was Maharana Karan Singh. It was built as a hiding place for Prince Khurram, popularly later known as Shah Jahan. During the Maharana’s reign the prince had revolted against his father. The Maharana helped the prince as he was born to a Rajput mother, they were initially hosted at the City Palace but as they failed to adhere to Rajput customs they were shifted to Jag Mandir Palace while it was being constructed.
While there are no places to shop or eat apart from the inside of the palace hotels as these structures are perched atop an island, but there are several places to eat and shop and enjoy the breath-taking views of the lake with its sparkling waters from around the Lake Pichola which is located centrally.
The guided tours around the palaces during the peak hours can get crowded so keep your children close.
Take guided tours from bonafide sources to have the best experience with authentic stories and history of the buildings
Rajasthan is known for extreme temperatures and while Udaipur is milder as it is close to the Aravalli range temperatures tend to be fairly hot during summer and just as cold during winter, so pack accordingly.