About the Destination - Udaipur
A pleasure palace of the Maharanas since the 17th century, the picturesque Jagmandir
Island Palace in the midst of Lake Pichola is referred to as swarg ki vatika that
is the garden of heaven.
The origin of this palace can be dated to the 16th century when it was possibly
referred to as Damdama Palace and used by Rana Udai Singh I. However, the existing
architectural masterpiece of the Gol Mahal and further extensions are credited to
Rana Karan Singh in early 1600s and to Rana Jagat Singh I (period of reign: 1628-52),
after whom it is named.
Jagmandir Island Palace embodies the Suryavanshi ideal of helping a person in distress,
irrespective of religion or enmity. It was a place of refuge for Prince Khurram
(later Mughal Emperor Shahjahan), his wife Mumtaz and sons Dara and Aurangzeb in
1623. Some even claim that Shah Jahan was inspired to build the Taj Mahal dome from
his earlier memories of the Gol Mahal - a story that adds more romance to your visit
to this palace. It also served as a safe haven during the 1857 Mutiny when a number
of British families with women and children were given protection by Maharana Swaroop
The breathtaking panoramic views from the entire island palace capture the magnificent
sweep of City Palace lakeside facade, the Lake Palace or Jag Niwas, the Monsoon
Palace or Sajjan Garh and the beauty of the Aravalli, the oldest hill ranges in
the world. As you approach Jagmandir Island Palace on a boat in the evening, you
spellbound by the beauty of this illuminated island which is like a floating jewel.
While the scenic beauty and the architectural grandeur transforms you into the historic
eras, the services at the Picholi Bar, the Darikhana restaurant and the Spa treat
you with elegant and discreet service.
Summers: 30-40° C
Mild winters: 10-28° C
Light tropical in summer, carry hats and sun-screen lotions
Woollens in winter
Location & Directions
Attractions on the Isaland
Historic Places and Exhibitions:
The Gol Mahal: A domed two-storied structure dominating the northeastern
section of the island-palace, this was built in the reign of Rana Karan Singh (1620-1628).
It is an architectural masterpiece and an icon of Udaipur. Popular legends suggest
that the architecture of the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his lovely
wife Mumtaz Mahal, was inspired by his stay (as Prince Khurram) at the Gol Mahal.
Jagriti: This exhibition is the result of multi-layered research,
and displays rare paintings, old photographs, maps and contemporary architectural
drawings that help you appreciate the evolution of Jagmandir Island Palace from
the 17th century to the 21st century.
The Garden Courtyard: Picturesque with its central
pool, this courtyard on the east of the island, faces the Gol Mahal. It was built
in the reign of Rana Jagat Singh I (1628-1652). Special lighting around the rose
shrubs and shimmering candlelight reflections from the pool bring it alive in the
The Chattris: These kiosks were built during the
reign of Maharana Bhupal Singh (1930-55), and adorn the Garden
Courtyard. Each of the three intricately carved chattris is unique.
The Darikhana: An excellent example of the marble craftsmanship
from the reign of Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-1734), today this beautiful pavilion
space functions as a restaurant with a fantastic view of Udaipur along with fine
The Barah Pathoron ka Mahal: This palace made out of twelve solid
marble slabs is an engineering marvel of the 18th century. It is flanked
by a colonnaded veranda on the eastern side of the Garden Courtyard and was built
in the reign of Maharana Sangram Singh II (period of reign: 1710-1734). With spectacular
views of the waterfront, it functions today as the Picholi Bar.
The Kunwarpada ka Mahal: The palace of the Crown Prince on the
western side of the island-palace was built in the reign of Rana Sangram Singh II
(1710-1734). Its three pavilions built as smaller versions of the Gol Mahal architectural
vocabulary, are connected to define a single landscaped courtyard, the cardinals
of which are marked by octagonal chattris.
Views of Places nearby:
Visit to Udaipur remains incomplete unless you capture its unique lakefront urbanscape
lined with historic buildings, best sighted from the terrace of the Darikhana at
Jagmandir Island Palace:
Temples, Ghats and Havelis:
The north east and north west edges of Lake Pichola provide a picturesque view of
the Ghats (stepped embankments) with the grand triple arched gateway at the Gangaur
Ghat on the right (northeast edge), flanked by the Bagor ki Haveli and the Shikhara
of the Jagdish temple beyond. The Amet Haveli can be seen right across on the western
Forts and Palaces:
One of the best panoramic view of the lakefront façade of the historic City Palace – one can truly appreciate it as a palace - fortress structure of the 16th
century encapsulated with imposing retaining walls. You can also view the 19th century
Monsoon Palace of Sajjangarh crowning a hill to the west and island palaces of Jagniwas
(Lake Palace) and Mohan Mandir close by, floating on the Pichola.
Lakes and Mountains:
There is no better place to view the natural terrain of Udaipur – with the historic
Lake Pichola in the midst framed by a range of Aravalli hills in the west, Elklingarh
on the east and Moti Magri and Sajjangarh at some distance in the west.
FIVE MUST DO's –AT JAGMANDIR ISLAND PALACE
- Savour the legendary tales of the palace at Jagriti, just as the Maharanas relished
- Indulge in the Regal Spa Experience
- Relax at the Picholi Bar
- Romance in a boat ride to Jagmandir Island Palace followed with delectable moonlight
dining at the Darikhana restaurant
- Visit the Darikhana terrace to capture the best views of Udaipur