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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, Jaipur

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Admire a distinctive pink sandstone facade and ornate architecture at Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, the city's most recognizable landmark. Rising five stories above the street below, the 18th-century palace features an array of cupolas, verandas, and balconies attached to the royal residence. As you wander the hallways and rooms within, you'll be treated to the same view enjoyed for centuries by the women of the royal family. Forbidden from being seen in public, the women peaked at the outside world from behind the palace walls. Bring your camera to snap images of the royal grounds and the nearby market. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind and many more Jaipur attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Jaipur tour planner.
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  • We stopped by this site briefly. It is a facade; there is nothing behind the front. But it's worth a photo.  more »
  • There is no any kind of explanation, nor much less personal sign that guide you. We must go losing halls (really neglected and desolate) to find some beautiful stained glass and little else. From the windows there are views to an avenue of Jaipur, but nothing special. I do not recommend it
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  • That sounds contradictory ... yes it's amazing that this radical building was designed over 200 years ago ... but it has no depth, and the street bedlam distracts from appreciating it fully. We didn't...  more »
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  • The famous Hawa Mahal. Though it is situated beside a very congested and busy street. But that can't steal its fame and beauty.. What an architecture and decoration!!.. Just spellbound.. Very very beautiful decoration.
  • Hawa Mahal "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze" is a palace inJaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pinksandstone, the palace sits on the edge of theCity Palace, and extends to thezenana, or women's chambers.
  • One of the beautiful tourist place in jaipur. In hava mahal a wall has been specially created for queens of emperor with 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework to see all the festivals without outside interruption Its really a great art of Indian artists.
  • The structure was built in 1799 by MaharajaSawai Pratap Singh. He was so intimidated and inspired by unique structure of Khetri Mahal and he built the grand and historical Hawa Mahal. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, theHindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhasdecorated with intricate latticework.[1] The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey strict "purdah" (face cover). The lattice also allows cool air from the Venturi effect (doctor breeze) through the intricate pattern, air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summers
  • Basically a historical place. This is different from other hundreds of palaces having many windows. Through these windows air can flow and hence is the name Hawa (air) Mahal (palace). Some windows are covered with net made of stone worth noting. View of Jaipur from the top floor is beautiful.