Hawa Mahal was designed by Lal Chand Ustad on the directions of Maharaja Sawai Partap Singh, who was inspired by Khetri Mahal and built this grand palace. The pyramidical structure forms a crown shape with 900 plus Jharokhas (windows), is actually the crowning jewel of city Jaipur and one of the most visited places by the tourists. An interesting fact is that this tall building has no foundation and is able to stand due to its curves.
The place was built in 1799 with Red and Pink Sand Stone.
Another interesting fact to know here is that Pink Sand Stone is not actually Pink, it is orangish. But most of the architectural buildings have been made with This Pink Sand Stone and the new ones including markets etc were given a makeover to look alike and an integral part of monuments, during Prince Albert Visit, the city became famous as Pink City.
Hawa Mahal derives its name from its unique structure being a creative mesh of small windows made to allow the passing of cool breezes to enter the palace and maintain the temperature of the palace to bearable levels during the hot summer months.
Another reason to create this building in this way was to allow the women of the royal house to observe the festivities on the streets whilst being unseen from the outside as was the custom of the land of having Pardah.
Ticket price : Rs. 10 for Indian , Rs. 50 for foreigners.
The ticket is for visiting the palace from the back. For the front view as shown in the picture, there is no ticket as it is on the street.