Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal |The Landmark of Jaipur

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History

Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur built Hawa Mahal in 1799. This unique structure was designed by a famous architect Lal Chand Usta. From the time of creation in 1799 to this very day, it is bearing the glory of royal families and the testimony of their power and beauty.

Architectural beauty

A blend of Mughal and Rajputana architecture, this five-story dazzling palace is highlighted with latticework. The upper floors of the palace were built for the royal ladies to observe everyday life in the bazaar street below while maintaining purdah or veil. This pyramid-shaped structure is made of pink sandstone and has intricately carved 953 small windows which reflect the sheer magnificent architecture preferred by the royal families. These windows commonly known as the “Jharokhas” enhance the beauty of the palace. There are balconies in the palace, which are screened, the roofs are all arched having hanging cornices, which adds an extra beauty to the Mahal. Also, there are ramps to reach the upper floors. Over time, it has become one of the best tourist attraction of Jaipur.

Prime attraction

Of all the architectural wonders of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal serves as a major landmark and one premier tourist destinations in India. It is also one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink painted instance of Rajputana architecture. Also, through the windows, it offers visitors with panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas.

One can feel the draught of cool breeze in the entire palace even in hot summers. Early morning is the best time to visit, as this time it is drenched in golden sun rays which reveals its beauty to the most extent. Apart from this, the Hawa Mahal museum has a good collection of Terracotta antiquities, fish hooks, swords, arrowheads, helmets and some valuable articles used by the Maharajas of Jaipur. This archaeological museum was founded in the year 1983 and built behind Hawa Mahal, adjoins to the Pratap Mandir.

Location

It is situated at Badi Chaupar, one of the prime areas of Jaipur. It is next to the entrance of the City Palace and walking distance from Jantar Mantar. Basically, it is built inside the City Palace and extends the Janana or women’s chambers. Standing upright at the heart of the Jaipur this structure is in the shape of a crown that adores Lord Krishna.

Entry Fees

  • For Indians Rs. 20
  • For foreigners Rs. 50
  • Camera charges for Indians are Rs. 10, for foreigners it is Rs. 30

Visiting hours

  • 9.00 AM – 4.30 PM

How to Reach

From Airport: Hawa Mahal is 13 km far from the airport and the easiest way is by a cab which takes about 30 minutes to reach.

From the Railway station: You can either take an OLA or UBER cab or catch a minibus to Badi Chaupar for Hawa Mahal. It will take a 12-minute ride to reach the destination.

Best time to visit

Early morning is the best time to visit Hawa Mahal. The sun enters the rooms from the windows and illuminates the Mahal with golden sun lights in the morning.