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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal - literally translating to "The Palace of Winds" or "The Palace of Breeze" is a palace in the city of Jaipur , in the west Indian state of Rajasthan , India.

Built from red and pink sandstone, the palace has a beautiful blushing hue – like most buildings in Jaipur (which is the reason Jaipur gets its name as Pink City)!

History

Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur; it was designed by Lal Chand Ustad.

Its exterior resembles a honeycomb with its 953 windows (also called Jharokhas), decorated with intricate latticework. It is said that the original intent of this lattice design had been to let royal ladies of the palace to observe the everyday life of people outside and festivities that happen during special occasions in the street below, without being seen, as women of Rajasthan traditionally are supposed to cover their faces in public with part of their cloth, and not show their face to the public or go outside without covering their faces.

Architecture/Structure

The Hawa Mahal is known for its unique look and architecture – a stunning pink palace building in the city comprising of 953 windows! It features an impressive blend of Islamic, Mughal, and Rajput architectural styles.

Its domed canopies, floral patterns, lotus flower motifs, and fluted pillars are influenced by Rajput style, and its filigree work in stone draws influence from the Islamic style of architecture.

There is also an archaeological museum located in the courtyard of the Hawa Mahal. This museum was established in 1983 and it displays a fine collection of antiques, weapons, and other items used by the royals of the region.

Additional Information for Visitors

Jaipur city, where Hawa Mahal exists, is situated approximately 300 kilometers from the capital city of Delhi.

Hawa Mahal is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm every day to the public. The fee to enter and tour Hawa Mahal is INR 50 for Indian nationals and INR 200 for foreign nationals.

Other nearby attractions from here include: