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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
Sushma Neeraj
First, we started with Hawa Mahal. That was a beautiful monument which shows the Rajput style of architecture, which is also called "Palace of Winds". This was built and designed in such a way that ladies inside the Mahal can view the busy street of the city, but nobody can see the ladies from outside as it has small windows from inside, which helps in air circulation also and hence the name.
Destination 1: Hawa Mahal
Somdutta Sarkar
Started off at the City Palace. Even today the Royal family stays there. Hence half portion is private while the remaining is open to the public. It’s clean and well maintained. The variety of arms display is great. There’s a museum and Rajasthani items exhibit where you can see and buy stuffs from amazing hand made paintings, traditional jewelries, clothes and lots more.
Earth's Tenant
Snehanshu Shome
After exploring the City Palace, the only place left to explore in the old city was the Hawa Mahal which I had kept for the last. Hawa Mahal is the one destination I have associated jaipur for so long. I took an auto to the Hawa Mahal thus. From front, Hawa Mahal seems to merge with its surrounding. It does not look out of the world, but from inside it is definetely unique. The Hawa Mahal Complex is a huge cuboidal structure with a number of staircases and windows. The windows were the speciality and the tinted glass on it looked beautiful. The reflection of the windows on all of the three floors were so beautiful. And even if the hieght of the building is not that much and yet from the windows clear cool wind blew.
Aarush Tandon
Hawa Mahal I didn't realize what the hype was all about. The thing though is that you don't really realize what the hype is all about lying at your place looking at 2D screens; then you take a nice casual drive through sanganeri gate, through the market nothing special and then all of a sudden there it is, in the middle of nowhere and in that moment, that little moment, you realize what the hype is all about.Timings : 9:30 am to 4:30 pmEntrance Fee:Foreign Tourists : ₹200Indians : ₹50
Samir Anand
My last destination for the 2 day trip was the world famous Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal is a five story building that is situated in the heart of the city of Jaipur. It has a beehive like structure and is made of red and pink sand stone lined with white color to make it vibrant. It is pink like the rest of the pink city of Jaipur.The palace has carved and arched small chhatris or dome-shaped pavilions showing the richness of vivid Rajputana architecture. The walls of palace have 953 jharokha or overhanging balconies from where cool and fresh air can pass. The most unique aspect about the palace is the fact that at all times a light breeze passes through it. That is how the palace got its name. Hawa means wind, which is the Palace of Winds.
Aarush Tandon
You don't really realize what the hype is all about lying at your place looking at 2D screens; then you take a nice casual drive through sanganeri gate, through the market nothing special and then all of a sudden there it is, in the middle of nowhere and in that moment, that little moment, you realize what the hype is all about.
Rinki Popli
After a delicious breakfast, we visited Jal Mahal or the Water Palace, a palace situated in the middle of a lake and I wish I could enter into. Next, we enjoyed the camel ride. Such rides are generally done in an enclosed area, but those animals were roaming on roads competing with other vehicles. We have read a lot about Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds in our school books, but frankly it was not very fascinating. I actually expected winds to be blowing in all directions.
Eldho Elias
Our next destination was the famous Hawa Mahal which is also a trademark of Jaipur Tourism. It is at a walkable distance from City Palace. Hawa Mahal- translated as The Palace of Winds is a 5-storeyed building in red and pink sandstone built with the intention to allow the royal ladies to watch the festivals over the street without being seen. The unique pattern of the windows allows proper air circulation throughout the structure air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summer hence the name Hawa Mahal.
Our next destination was Hawa Mahal known as Palace of winds. Built of red and pink sandstone, it is the most magnificent monument in the area. This beehive castle with small windows has a height of 50 feet from its base. This structure, erected on a thin shield or podium approximately fifty feet high, has walls less than a foot thick. It is well-known for its windows or 'Jharokhas'. From Hawa Mahal, you have an excellent view of the city. The monument also has an archaeological museum
Aprajita Parkash
Starting early, we head towards the Amber Fort, which happened to be around 10 kms from our stay making a drive of 30-45 minutes, where we reached by 9 AM. But before reaching the fort, we have quick stop at the Hawa Mahal to learn some bits and capture some poses.
Kaveri Harit
I was staying in Johari Bazaar, and this was within walking distance from my place.
I was tired after traveling overnight 14 hrs bus journey from Jhansi but my excitement took over tiredness. By 11 AM I was ready to explore the pink city. The moment I came out of hotel, 2-3 auto drivers rushed to me and offered me Jaipur sightseeing for one day at 650 rs.I knew that some of places were very near to my hotel, Bani park area. So I ignored all of them and took another running auto, cost me 50 rs to reach Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind)Stylistic and artistic, these were my two words when I saw Hawa Mahal. Designed in the form of the crown of Krishna. Its unique five-storey exterior, similar to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. Hawa Mahal was constructed so that the palace women trapped in purdah, could watch the street life. Entry fee was 10 rs there but I bought one composite entry pass for 70 rs. It was valid for two days and you can use it for visiting 5 places(Amber palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Nahargarh fort, Hawa mahal). Interior of Hawa Mahal is artistic but I really liked the exterior. This architecture is showcased whenever Jaipur is talked about on the touring map.
Manvi Deshwal
HaWa Mahal : 'Palace Of The Winds' is the major attraction this city..It is located in the heart of the city , it is beautiful five-storey palace built by Maharaja Sawai pratap singh who belonged to Rajput dynasty . The main architect of this palace is believed to have constructed in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna. The main intention behind the construction of the mahal was to facilitate the royal women and and provide them a view of everyday life through windows , as they never appeared in public. WE loved the architecture, It was designed as a beehive castle with small windows . This palace is actually famous for its windows or 'Jharokas' which enable circulation of air within the structure . We had an excellent view of the city from this palace.
Shashank Sinha
1) Hawa Mahal:Entry Cost: Rs 50/- (Indians) & Rs 200/- (Foreigners)Entry Time: 9.00 AM -4:30 PM
Shashank Sinha
Hawa Mahal:Entry Cost: Rs 50 for Indians & Rs 200 for Foreign TouristsDuration of Opening: 9 AM to 4:30 PMHawa Mahal ("Palace of winds" or "Palace of the Breeze") is named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.So much for privacy back in those days :P
Nandini Ramesh
Did you know that there is more to the Hawa Mahal than its facade? At least until this visit, I did not! The whole structure was constructed to represent the crown of Lord Krishna, the favourite God of the Royals of Jaipur. The seemingly single block structure of the facade represents the jewelled front part of the crown while in the rear it has a courtyard where guests of the erstwhile Kings used to be entertained during Holi celebrations. It is complete with a water bath which has now been converted to a fountain display. On three sides, the courtyard is surrounded by corridors/ assembly areas and on the fourth side (rear of the facade), there are rooms with a purpose. The entry to each level is through a special gateway called pol and each level is accessed through a ramp. The main reason for constructing the Hawa Mahal was to allow the Royal ladies to view processions while still maintaining purdah. The entire structure incorporates hundreds of Jharokas which provide superb cross-ventilation and air conditioning. The lowest level is where the Royal ladies of bygone times "window shopped". The upper levels house rooms meant for grooming and private religious ceremonies. The last two levels are open to the sky and are called the Prakash Mahal which was meant for use during winters when light and warmth were scarce. The monument also includes strategically placed surveillance towers. In addition, a secret passageway connects the Hawa Mahal to the residential area of the City Palace. Quite obviously, the passageway is not accessible to the public. All windows placed in the facade wall offer a semi-panoramic view of the street below. Window panes are coloured to allow for play of light as well as to block views of the bygone royal goings-on from prying eyes.
Hawa Mahal : My last visit list was Hawa Mahal, Just besides the Jantar Mantar. No wonder this is the most distinctive landmarks of Jaipur and I visited it in last. Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. The top offers stunning views over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace. You wait there till dark to see the Hawa Mahal in night from outside.
Karishma Mayur
3)Hawa Mahal: An ornately built, high screen wall which was used by the ladies of the royal family to view proceedings on the street below, this one is an architectural beauty.
Vandita Jadeja
Hawa Mahal: The 'Palace of the Winds' or 'Hawa Mahal' is located in the old city and is of prominent importance. The palace was built in red and pink sandstone and is now used as an office. Tourists can visit the palace and can head up to a few floors. From the top, one can see the busy lanes of the old city which are now crowded by various shops selling handicrafts, apparel and gems.
Trupti Satardekar
After spending long hours at City Palace, we headed towards Hawa Mahal which was at walk-able distance from the Palace.
Shalini Gupta
We started off with Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar. While Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar were touch and go for us, we took our own sweet time to see the city palace. One of the reasons would be that the Palace had so many spots for Mini to take pictures and for me to pose ????
The next spot on the itinerary is the iconic Hawa Mahal. It’s outer wall lined with dozens of windows makes it to almost every tourist guide of Jaipur city. One can choose to climb up the ramp to witness the view of Jaipur from one of those tiny windows. But I didn’t find the effort to be worthwhile.