Mahal is a stunning example of Mughal architecture at its best. Built
between 1565-69, it has an impressive façade facing an open court
to the west. It has an arched portal with two beautiful jharokhas, a
series of ornamental arches and an octagonal tower on its either side.
There is a complex arrangement of rooms, halls, corridors, galleries and
verandahs in the palace, around a quare central courtyard. The main
portal leads to a square entrance hall with ribs-and-panels vaulted
ceiling that takes one to identical annexes built on the northern and
southern side of the palace and have beautiful Tibara dalans and side
rooms. Built in red sandstone, the court showcases skillfully carved
brackets supporting chhajja, a whispering gallery in the second storey
and the jalied balustrade crowning each façade. A square chhatri
on top of each façade looks quite impressive.
An additional floor in the single-storeyed Assembly Hall looks like a
hanging balcony. The serpentine brackets originating from the base of
its columns help to support the flat ceiling. The wagon-vaulted ceiling
crowns the smaller hall to the south. This graceful hall is unique
because of the corridor on three of its sides and beautifully carved
perforated screens inside it. There is a series of living rooms on its
southern side. The western hall has a flat ceiling and elaborate
carvings. The room on the southwestern corner of the court has a
pyramidal ceiling while that on the northwestern corner has a vaulted
lotus ceiling. The rooms on the eastern side have beautiful stuccowork
and arabesque designs.