Jahaz Mahal is a building or fort located in Mehrauli, New Delhi It is believed to have been built during the period between 1452–1526, which was the time of Lodi dynasty’s rule, and was supposed to be a type of resort (inn) that provided accommodation.
It literally means “Ship fort” – Jahaz means “Ship” and Mahal means “Fort” and it was named so because when it was built, its reflection in the surrounding reservoir apparently used to look like a ship floating on a lake.
Jahaz Mahal’s construction is dated between 1451 AD and 1526 AD, which was before Babar's invasion and the beginning of Mughal rule in Delhi.
There are two different versions of stories as to why Jahaz Mahal was initially built and how it was used in its early years:
Jahaz Mahal has a grand courtyard, which is shaped like a ‘U’, and is in the center of the palace. The palace has six carved square chhatris (dome-shaped pavilions), each with different numbers of pillars – six, eight and twelve) in the corners and the centre.
The pavilion over the central gate is decorated with blue tiles, and a small mosque is also located within this Mahal’s acreage.
Jahaz Mahal is located at a distance of 18 km from New Delhi Railway Station and 2.5 km from Qutub Complex. It is situated on the north-eastern corner of Hauz-i-Shamsi in Mehrauli, Delhi.
The nearest railway station from here is the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. The nearest metro station is Chattarpur on the Yellow Line.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is 12 km away from here and can be reached in around 20 mins by road.
The Jahaz Mahal is open on all days of the week from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM.
Named because of its reflection on water as that of a floating ship, the Jahaz Mahal in Delhi attracts a heavy influx of visitors every day. Displaying impressive engineering and stunning architecture, the Jahaz Mahal was built during the Lodi dynasty between 1453 and 1525 as a summer resort for Mughal rulers.