Hawa Mahal Location:
953 sandstone windows designed in Rajput
09:00 A.M. to 04:30 P.M. (Friday closed)
Rs. 10 for Indians , Rs. 30 for Foreigners,
extra charge for camera/video
the bustling Pink City, Jaipur in Rajasthan and you can't afford to leave
the place without exploring Hawa Mahal. Also, known as the Wind Palace, this
five-storey building is an excellent example of erstwhile architectural
elegance. The bustling street of Sireh Deori Bazaar offers passers-by a
marvelous view of the Hawa Mahal.
Hawa Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and was staying
place for the females of royal families. A climb atop the multi niched
building provides an extraordinary glimpse of the City Palace and Jantar
Hawa Mahal is best known for its semi-octagonal overhanging windows,which
are covered with lattice screen. During the Rajput era, females of royal
families where restricted from appearing before public and therefore the
windows help them view world outside the Mahal. The pink sandstone Palace
has 953 windows, all intricately crafted of tiny lattice (Jharokhas) and
elaborate frames. The window also represents a remarkable touch of Mughal
architecture, which aid free circulation of air to the Mahal.
The carved balconies and arched roofs(Torans) are added attractions.
History says, that the whole structure was designed by Lal Chand Utsad, who
had not only used its creativity to design the exterior of the monument, but
also made a mark in the interior complex. The dept of the room and narrow
scalloped walkways under domed canopies are worth-watching.
The stunning Hawa Mahal attracts tourist, who desires to feat their eyes
with architectural splendor. The Mahal glitters with beholding the shimmers
of sun and offers a riot of pink, yellow and golden hues. It houses some
collections of oldest artifacts, that speaks a lot about the medieval vim
and vigor. Miniature paintings, ancient manuscripts, photographs of Raja
Maharajas, coins, newspapers cuttings are displayed in array in the Museum.
Nearby Places to get around
Beside exploring the nook and corner of Hawa Mahal, tourist can get around
the marvelous City Palace. The Palace complex consists of some must-visit
places like Diwan -i- khas, Diwan-ae-aam, Mubarak Mahal, Rajendra Pol, the
armory etc. The nearby Jantar Mantar Observatory is worth-visiting. Built in
1728, this astronomical center is the best and largest of five observatories