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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.
Umesh
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.
Prafull
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.
roottraveller
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
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 ????
Aparajita
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.
Rohith Girish
Day 6, 5:30 pm - There was little to see here, so we just explored this place by ourselves.
Abhishek Sohu
After a lesson in astronomy, history proved to provide an interesting insight whilst at my next stop Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds", an intimidating pyramidal, honeycombed wall, serving the purpose of a five storey high screen for the royal women, the Pardeh-Giyan or "the veiled ones". A practice that resonated between the Rajput and the Mughal courts, from the time of Akbar. The detailed latticework as it happened to be, conditioned the air, rendering the palace its name.
Rahul Maharishi
Hawa Mahal is actually a symbol of Jaipur more than a Ancient Royal Place having Rich PINK colour culture of Jaipur basically known as Pink City. Also Situated in heart of city.
Manju Sihag
Need i say more. There are small doors & windows everywhere painted artfully for that era.
Baagi_udaan
Bikashjyoti Pathak
One makes you wonder, how much Love a King can have for His Concubines to build a Testimony that is the Flagship of a State.
Prateek Dham
Pink City's pride.
Shreyas
It is a unique palace in the middle of the city.
Aparna Acharya
Durrie makers
Chhavi Vaibhav Sharma
Although you dont have much to see in Hawa Mahal, but still you can admire the architecture and have a view of jaipur city. Also can enjoy shopping in the nearby areas.
Aastha Garg
Hawa Mahal is the landmark of Jaipur, it was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable the ladies of the Royal Household to be able to see all the Royal Processions happening in the city, it has a museum in it too depicting the royal clothes, armours, ammunition.