Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, a beautifully vibrant cityl in India. Snuggled between the Thar Desert and the Vindhya ranges, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is home to the Rajput Royalty. The fort city is replete with forts, palaces, and architectural wonders.
In the heart of the city and on the edge of the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal. The whole structure is made of pink sandstone as are other buildings and monuments of the city. For this reason, the city is known as the ‘Pink City’. The Hawa Mahal is a unique structure and is the icon of the city.
Hawa Mahal History:
The city was built by the Rajput Raja with great scientific insight. The Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of the Sawai Jai Singh II. The Hawa Mahal is built of red and pink sandstone with a lining of white stone. It is a grand and majestic palace. The Rajput king was a devotee of Lord Krishna and wanted to build the Palace like Lord Krishna’s crown. He engaged a designer Lal Chand Ustad to build the palace.
Architecture of Hawa Mahal:
The palace was constructed as a five-story building each unique in its own way. The front façade is like a honeycomb. This palace has 953 small windows called Jharokhas. There are overhanging balconies and each window and balcony is supported with pillars having intricate latticework. The honeycomb windows allow airflow into and through the palace. Being a desert city, this flow of air keeps the palace cool and breezy. It is for this reason that the palace is called ‘Hawa Mahal’ or ‘Palace of Winds’.
The vivid Rajasthani architecture, designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown, is a feast to the eyes. The Hawa Mahal was constructed for the royal women of the Rajput families because they could not go out and experience the windy weather in the desert. The women would sit at the windows and balconies and look out into the street below where the traders sold their wares and they could watch the bustling trade below.
Best Time to Visit Hawa Mahal:
Being in a desert, the best time of the year to visit Jaipur would be in winter when the weather is cool and comfortable. The Hawa Mahal is one of the most popular tourist spots in Jaipur and a must-visit as a part of any Rajasthan package.
Things to see Nearby Hawa Mahal:
The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is in the proximity of the market. One can browse through the market and collect beautiful artwork and vibrant textiles not to mention footwear and the products made up of camel leather. Also, tourist can visit city palace, jantar mantar, naweb saheb ki havali (which is only 1 km far away from this site), Forts, and so many attractions.
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How to Reach Hawa Mahal From Jaipur Railway Station:
Hawa Mahal is only 5.6 km away from Jaipur Railway station. Tourist can go via chandpol bazar road.
How to Reach Hawa Mahal From Jaipur Bus Stand:
It is only 2.9 km away from Sindhi Camp Bus Stand. Travellers can go via chandpol bazar and tripolia bazar road.
Hawa Mahal Timings:
9:00 A.M to 4.30 P.M
Hawa Mahal Entry Fees:
INR 20 for Indian nationals and INR 50 for foreign nationals
INR 10 for Indian nationals and INR 30 for foreign nationals