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Jag Mandir Palace

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Location: Kota, RajasthanYear: 17th century

In the middle of Kishore Sagar Lake lies the beautiful red stone monument called Jag Mandir. It was built by one of the queens of Kota, in the year 1740. Situated nearby Keshar Bagh, this place used to serve as a pleasure palace for the erstwhile kings. Tourist can see the reflection of a palace on the shimmering lake

Category: PalacesOwnership: Arvind Singh Mewar

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