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Hawa Mahal

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Considered as one of the prime attractions in the pink city of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal stands erect in the popular City Palace Complex. Renowned as an important landmark in the city, the five-storey Hawa Mahal -- also known as Palace of the Winds or Palace of the Breeze – is a perfect example of Rajput architecture.

The palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Lal Chand Ustad was the architect who designed this impressive structure in pink sand stones. The pink sand stone was chosen so that the edifice of Hawa Mahal is in the same colour in which the other monuments were built in the city.

The major attraction of this pyramid shaped Hawa Mahal is its 953 small windows locally known as jharokhas and you can peep through this windows to see the pink city of Jaipur. These windows are also essential in allowing the free circulation of air thus making the palace cooler.

A fine specimen of the fanciful architecture, Hawa Mahal is a stunning example of Rajput artistry in red and pink sand stone, which is beautifully outlined with white borders and motif’s painted with quick lime. The facade of Hawa Mahal from the road side makes it appear as a delicate screen rather than a palace. The five story pyramid structure of Hawa Mahal has tier after tier of 953 small windowpanes, each with tiny lattice worked (Jali) pink windows, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices, exquisitely modelled and carved thus giving it a striking resemblance to a honeycomb.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is between October and March as the weather during this period is conducive enough to explore the palace. The temperature ranges between 22°C and 5°C thus making the weather more pleasant to explore the palace without worrying about the harsh sun.

Trivia

Interestingly, the entrance to the Hawa Mahal is from its rear end and not in the front as is usual with most of the monuments and palaces.

There are no regular stairs inside the Mahal only ramps are there to go from one floor to the other.

Timing

Although there are no particular timings to visit Hawa Mahal but it is best visited in the early morning as that is the time when the beauty of the Mahal is at its peak. The early morning sun brings out the original colour of the monument facing the eastern side of the royal city gates.


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