Hawa Mahal - Jaipur, Rajasthan , India

Location / position / history / importance / origin /  tourism / controversies / replicas / wall paper / photo gallery / travel / photography tips / timing / entry fee of Hawa Mahal Jaipur, Rajasthan
Significance : Its strange Architecture
Best Season / time to visit Hawa Mahal : October to February ,Timings Open 0900 to 17 hours
Erected in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh the Hawa Mahal , the Palace of the Wind, is one of the most important landmarks of Jaipur. It is an essential part of the City Palace, an annex of the Zenana (women's chambers) standing away from the central complex. This five storey building of curious architecture designed by Lal Chand Usta, is a spectacular example of Rajput artistry made of red and pink sand stone, brilliantly outlined with white borders and motifs painted by quick lime. The monument with a stunning view of Jaipur city with road avenues, intersections and colorful crowds in the market, was initially conceived with the aim to enable ladies of the royal household to observe the daily life and royal processions in the city without being noticed by others.

Its fascia from the road side makes Hawa Mahal look more like a flimsy screen than a palace. This five storied, pyramid shaped structure has story after story of 953 little casements, each with miniature lattice / Jali work of pink windows, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices, gracefully modeled and engraved. These small windows circulate cool air /Hawa even during hot months. The pyramidal outline is even all the way through by cramming and multiplying casements; and uses replication of motifs to boost its splendor.

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