A Visit to Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds), Jaipur, India

by Pai June. 15, 2017 1235 views

Hawa Mahal (which means "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of Breeze") is a palace in Jaipur, India. Hawa Mahal is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. This five-storey beautiful palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is similar to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The building was so constructed to facilitate the royal women could observe street festivals and a view of everyday life through the windows while unseen from outside and they never appeared in public. Hawa Mahal, designed as a beehive castle with small windows, has a height of 50 feet from its base and was constructed of red and pink sandstone. Hawa Mahal is famous for its windows or 'Jharokhas' which enable free circulation of air within the structure.

Detailed view of facade from the main road. Hawa Mahal is famous for its windows or 'Jharokhas' which enable free circulation of air within the structure.

Detailed view of facade from the main road. Hawa Mahal is famous for its windows or 'Jharokhas' which enable free circulation of air within the structure.

Rear view with the two most ornate top storeys

Rear view with the two most ornate top storeys

A view from Courtyard of Hawa Mahal

A view from Courtyard of Hawa Mahal

First Floor

First Floor

A view from Upper floor of Hawa Mahal

A view from Upper floor of Hawa Mahal

View of City from Hawa Mahal

View of City from Hawa Mahal

View from the back part towards Samrat Yantra of Jantar Mantar

View from the back part towards Samrat Yantra of Jantar Mantar

A View fro

A View fro

"Hawa Mahal" Sign Board located at Main Street

"Hawa Mahal" Sign Board located at Main Street

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- Kim - 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice architecture, especially in Picture #1!

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