The journey by train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur is scheduled to take between 12 hours 05 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes depending upon which train you take. The distance travelled by train to get from New Jaisalmer to Jaipur via the shortest route is 609 km.
Train Times from Jaisalmer to Jaipur
There are 3 direct train services from Jaisalmer to Jaipur.
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Location of Jaisalmer Station
Jaisalmer Railway Station is 2.2 km by road from Jaisalmer Fort.
Location of Jaipur Station
Jaipur Junction Railway Station is 10.5 km by road from the Jal Mahal.
About the Jal Mahal
The Jal Mahal, or Water Palace, is a large building in the middle of a lake near Jaipur City. The Jal Mahal was originally built in 1734 by Maharaja Madho Singh I, and significantly enlarged in 1799 by his son Maharaja Madho Singh II to its current form.
The Jal Mahal is considered to be a masterpiece of the Rajput style of architecture, which is common across Rajasthan. The palace was built using red sandstone and is 5 storeys tall, 4 storeys of which are below the water line when the lake is full. The construction method was sophisticated using lime mortar repelling the weight of the water of the surrounding lake with little seepage during the two centuries since the palace was constructed.
At the present time the closest you can get to the Jal Mahal is by taking a boat tour on Man Sagar Lake, which is where the palace is located. The Jal Mahal has suffered over time due to lack of maintenance and the Man Sagar Lake became, at one point, very polluted from the raw sewerage being discharged into the lake.
Fortunately, however, a project has been underway since 2010 to restore the palace and clean up the lake and considerable progress has been made on both lake and palace since then. At some point over the next few years the Jal Mahal will reopen to the public along with the development of lakeside hotels, restaurants and shops turning the area into what appears likely to be a major tourist destination.