Hawa Mahal is a popular attraction in Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, this red and pink sandstone structure is a true masterpiece, resembling a crown-like structure with its pyramidal design.
As you approach the palace, you’ll be greeted by a charming fountain, inviting you to explore the five uniquely decorated floors within. But what sets Hawa Mahal apart is its mesh of 953 tiny windows, known as ‘Jharokhas,’ which not only allow a cool breeze to flow through the palace but also served a purpose in history. In the days of the Purdah system, the palace was built as a way for the royal women to observe the festivities outside while remaining unseen.
The palace is situated on the edge of the City Palace Jaipur, extending to the ‘zenana,’ and offers a stunning view of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and the bustling Siredeori Bazar from the top. And for those interested in history, there’s even a small museum on-site, displaying rich relics and miniature paintings.
As you enter through the Imperial door on the left side of the palace, you’ll be greeted by a large courtyard with three double-storeyed buildings to the left, right, and center. Keep in mind, the Hawa Mahal has no stairs and you’ll need to climb the ramps to reach the top. But trust us, the journey is worth it!
The top three floors are only the width of one room while the first and second floors have courtyards in front of them. Each chamber is adorned with colorful mosaics of glass, ornate stonework, and traditional Rajasthani ‘chhatris.’
So, whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a unique experience, Hawa Mahal is a must-visit during your trip to Jaipur. Just remember, this palace stands 50 feet tall and at an angle of 87 degrees, making it the tallest building in the world without a foundation. That’s just one of the many reasons why Hawa Mahal is truly one-of-a-kind.”