Hawa Mahal also called the ‘Palace Of The Winds’, is an important landmark in the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur. It is located in the heart of the city and is renowned for its rich cultural and architectural history. It is one of the remarkable gems of the Rajput style of architecture in India. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh’s devotion to Lord Krishna is evident in the design of the palace that is in the shape of the crown of Lord Krishna. The Hawa Mahal attracts people from all over the world. It can be visited on all days from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. So, if you are planning to take time out and appreciate this monument, book one of the best hotels in Jaipur to get started.
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The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is during the early morning when the golden rays of the sun fall on this royal building, giving it a more elegant and gorgeous look. It is a must-visit for photography enthusiasts who wish to capture the different aspects of this beautiful Mahal. Hawa Mahal also hosts a museum which has a wonderful collection of antiques, weapons, and articles used by the royal family.
Hawa Mahal Architecture
Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. This beautiful heritage structure was built so that royal women who followed the strict Purdah system could get an eyeful of the street festivals, daily events, royal procession and busy city life while they remained away from view of the general public. It is a five-storey building in the shape of the crown of Lord Krishna, with 953 jharokhas or fine lattice windows and screened balconies made from pink and red sandstone.
Architecture and design
Architecture and design
Lal Chand Ustad was the architect of this magnificent masterpiece. It is a unique five-storied pyramidal palace with a height of 15 metres from its elevated base. As you explore, you will notice the design of the building showcases an excellent blend of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal architecture. You will find fluted pillars, floral patterns, and domed canopies along with arches and stone inlay filigree work. Do look for the colourful glassworks on the second floor of the Mahal. Out of the 953 jharokas, few are made of wood. These windows allow the air to circulate naturally, and fountains in the middle of each chamber to make the entire structure air-conditioned during hot summers too.
The entrance of Hawa Mahal leads to a spacious courtyard which is surrounded on three sides by two-storey buildings. It is a five-storey structure, which has only ramps and no stairs. The top three storeys are only as wide as a single room. Once you reach the top of Hawa Mahal, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The interiors of the Mahal have chambers, passages, and pillars. The bottom storeys of the palace have courtyards where an archaeological museum is present.
So plan your vacation to this historical place and stay in one of the best Jaipur hotels to have a wonderful time. There are various categories of hotels to meet your budget and tastes.