Hawa Mahal, the place of wind was built in 1799 by the poet-king Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Its sheer magnificence anf beauty would leave you speechless once you end up at this astonishing palace.
Hawa Mahal is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan. It is a symbol of the spectacular Rajput style architecture. The Mahal is five storied and the main feature is the 953 small windows, or jharokhas that are intricately designed. It was primarily built for royal ladies so that they could watch the city and different proceedings from behind these windows. The crucial reason behind its name was its windows which allowed great air circulation which kept the chambers cool all the time.
YOU MUST KNOW :
Hawa Mahal was built with red and pink sand stone, the Mahal is not actually a palace but more of a gallery, used by royal women of those times. The style is a combination of Hindu-Rajput-Islamic styles. The fluted pillars, floral patterns, lotus motifs, canopies symbolise Rajput architecture while the filigree work, arches, etc are derived from Islamic architecture.
The blend looks so amazing that you may want to spend hours admiring the creative designing and beauty of Hawa Mahal.The architectural designs also resemble honey comb.
It is also believed that the Hawa Mahal is shaped like Lord Krishna’s crown, as Sawai Pratap Singh was an ardent Krishna devotee.You enter Hawa Mahal complex through an imposing door, and you step into a beautiful courtyard. There are two-storied buildings on three sides. Hawa Mahal is on the east side. It is said that this was the favorite spot of Sawai Pratap Singh, who spend hours sitting here praying to his favorite deity, Lord Krishna and composing poems in praise of him. Hawa Mahal is a delight to look at when the early morning sunlight falls on the structure, lighting it up it in its style. The palace is now under the care of the Archaeological survey of India.
The unique feature about Hawa Mahal is that it does not stand on a foundation, Since there is no foundation, the structure stands at a leaning position. How cool is that ?
Entry Fees: for Indian tourists are Rs. 20 while for foreign nationals, it is Rs. 50.
BEFORE ENTERING THE MAHAL YOU SHOULD KNOW :
It is best to visit Hawa Mahal early in the day as you can take a look around peacefully. Later into the day, the streets get crowded.The museum is closed on Fridays.
It is advised to plan a trip on weekdays so that you don’t miss out on the museum.
Comfortable footwear is a must as you will be walking quite a bit and even climb many stairs.There are many low walls. So, be aware and adhere to safety instructions.
Carry your water bottles with you. Jaipur is counted as one of the boiling cities especially at this time of the year.
There are many dining areas and variety of fastfood centres near Hawa Mahal so dig in while exploring on of the most admired destinations of pink city! Enjoy.