Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur

The Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Wind which is located in ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The Palace seems like massive but it is very interesting to know the walls are less than a foot thick. The shape of a crown in the Hawa Mahal was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. The main highlights of the Hawa Mahal is its pyramid shape and its 953 windows which are decorated with detailed design. The main intension behind the construction of palace was to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows as they never appeared in public.

Hawa Mahal is a fusion of Rajput and Islamic style of architecture. There is a museum which is opened from Saturday to Thursday and it is famous for its miniature paintings and some Islamic style of architecture. The most highlighted part of Hawa Mahal are the structure which is not properly harbour to the ground and rather attached to a wall, makes it unique. The Palace does not have stairs to reach the upper floors, the storeys are connected by slopes. In the present days the Hawa Mahal has become a famous tourist spot and from this palace you can see an excellent view of the city. Nowadays this palace has became a spot of film shooting both for Indian and international films .The Mahal is maintained by the archaeological department of the Government of Rajasthan.It is open to public between 9am – 4 pm daily and the nearby attractions are Jantar Mantar, Govind Devji temple, Ram Niwas Bagh, Sisodia Rani Garden and Nahargarh fort.

TRANSPORTATION

Jaipur is well connected by all means of transport like rail, air and by road.

Airways
The nearby airport is the Indira Gandhi international Airport.

Railways
Regular train services are available from the major cities in India. The nearby railway station is the Jaipur station.

Roadways
The Rajasthan state government provides several bus services.