Hawa Mahal - The Palace of Winds
Remarkable Monument with Rajputana style structure
Hawa Mahal is located in the pink city, i.e. Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Swami Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad.
Hawa Mahal, also called as the ‘Palace of Winds’ is one of the remarkable structures built by the Rajput rulers. It is a major landmark and a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is a pyramid-shaped structure with five stories and is built of red and pink sandstone, highlighted with white quick lime.
It has 953 small windows each with small lattice work, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. The air circulation through these windows keeps the palace cool even in hot months. Hawa Mahal is a remarkable Rajputana structure worth visiting. The entrance to Hawa Mahal is from the City Palace side, through a stately door which opens into a spacious courtyard, which now has an Archaeological Museum. It was built with the intention to allow royal ladies to observe the everyday life and activities in the market street without being seen.
Timings to visit Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is open on all days from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM. The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is from October to March, especially the time of early morning as the light of early morning sun floats beautifully through the windows.
How to reach Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is well connected with the Jaipur Railway Station as well as with the International Airport at Sanganer, which is at a distance of 13 kms from the city.
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