Hawa Mahal

#15 of 18 things to do in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal can very safely be considered as the face of Jaipur. A lot of times, in a lot of magazines, articles, websites etc, the picture to represent Jaipur is of the immensely beautiful Hawa Mahal. Located centrally in Bapu Bazar, it is around this monument, the entire pink city is built. Visible right from the farthest ends of Badi and Chhoti Chopad, it lies on their intersection. The entire tourist market of Jaipur is around the walking distance from Hawa Mahal. From the topmost level, one can see almost all the famous monuments in a frame including Jantar Mantar and the mighty Nahargarh fort.

It was built to make the lives bearable of the royal women suffering from the scorching Jaipur summer. Hawa Mahal which roughly translates to 'The Palace of Winds' has 953 windows called 'Jharokhas' and its structure resembles that of a honeycomb. It was constructed long back in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, with Lal Chand Ustad being the designer. The number of windows here allowed the Rajput Royal women to look at the festivities from a distance as they were not allowed to indulge in such public activities.

Its unique engineering keeps the palace cool and windy even during the hottest of weather. It is purely a result of an engineering marvel. Upon entering the building, there is a fountain to welcome the visitors with water going really high up! It has five storeys, whose area keeps reducing as one goes up. It is indeed true to say that anybody's visit to Jaipur will remain incomplete without his/her visit to the magnificent Hawa Mahal.

There are 2-3 rooftop cafes in front of Hawa Mahal, where people go and enjoy the unhindered view of this beauty.

Entry Fees: Indian Tourists: INR 50/- per head, Indian Students: INR 5/- per head
Foreign Tourists: INR 200/- per head

Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Hawa Mahal Photos

Captured by <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/contrib/101648387743234349603/photos">Sal Hennem</a>