Hawa Mahal - The wind palace
Information About Hawa Mahal
Jaipur’s most-distinctive landmark. Hawa Mahal is situated at Badi Choupad. Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal was built in 1799. It has 953 windows on the outside walls, that is why also know as wind palace. The honeycomb shaped and beautifully carved windows allow breeze to blow through the palace and makes it a perfect summer palace. It was built as an extension to the City Palace nearby.
The five-stores palace was built in the form of Krishna’s crown because King Pratap Singh was devoted to Krishna.
The Palace has a total of 953 small casements each with small lattice worked pink window, balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. This allows cool breeze blow through the Palace and keep it cool and airy in summer. Despite the large number of windows, each of them are size of a peep hole such that the royal ladies were not to be seen by the public.
The top three storeys are a single room thick, namely Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir and Hawa Mandir. The Maharaja worshipped the Krishna at the Vichitra Mandir. while the Prakash Mandir provides an open terrace to both sides. Worth noting is that there are no steps to the upper floors but ramps. They are for the palanquin of the royal ladies.
The autumn celebrations took place on the Sharad Mandir on the first floor. Don’t miss out on the colourful glassworks on Ratan Mandir on the second floor.
Contrast to the rich decoration of the exterior, the interiors of the Palace is much simpler. But it is also where you will find the best view of the city of Jaipur.
In te 1799, The Kachhwaha Rajput ruler, Sawai Pratap Singh ordered Lal Chand Usta (architect) to construct an extension to the Royal City Palace. The Purdah system at the time was strictly followed. Rajput royal ladies should not be seen by strangers or appear in any public area. The construction of Hawa Mahal allows the royal ladies to enjoy from every day street scenes to royal processions on the street without being seen.
Opening Hours & Tickets
Opening Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Indian: 10 INR
Foreigners: 50 INR
Fastfacts of Hawa Mahal
Q: Where is the entrance?
A: The entrance is through the City Palace where doors open into a open spacious courtyard with two-storeyed buildings on three sides.
Q: Do you know that Hawa Mahal has no foundation?
A: That’s correct. Hawa Mahal was built without foundation. In fact, it is the tallest building in the world without a foundation. The five-storey building managed to maintain upright because of it is curved shaped. Just another masterpiece of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Q: What is the meaning of Hawa Mahal?
A: The word “Hawa” means wind or breeze and “Mahal” is palace. So Hawa Mahal is the palace of breeze.
Q: What style of architecture is it?
A: Hawa Mahal exhibits a unique combination of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.
Q: What is it made of?
A: Hawa Mahal is carved out of red and pink sandstone.