Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Daydreaming where to go after the Lockdown?
Planning your next getaway?
If you are a history buff and you happen to love photography, then Jaipur should be at the top of your bucket list.
One of the best-planned cities in India, Jaipur is an experience you cannot miss. Also popularly called the “Pink City” as the city was painted
Pink ( Representing Warmth and Hospitality) in 1876 by Raja Ram Singh to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. The city has retained the name since.
Named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and built-in 1728, the city has always been regarded as one of the best-planned cities in India. The city laid out in measured rectangular blocks and divided by cross streets has main streets of width 111 ft and the secondary ones at 55 ft. The level of detail gone into building this great city is astounding.
So which is the most photographed Monument of Jaipur?
This Exquisite Mahal is a menagerie of Colours and Culture.
Its bright sandstone color and pyramidal beehive façade will hold you in awe.
Constructed in 1799 by Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh with Lal Chand Ustad as the architect, this exquisite monument has 5 floors with 953 small windows or jharokhas. The numerous windows help provide massive ventilation inside the Palace keeping it cool thus justifying the name Hawa Mahal. It is said to have been inspired by the Khetri Mahal which is also known as the Wind Palace in Jhunjhuna.
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh being a Lord Krishna devotee constructed this beautiful palace as a reverence to Lord Krishna as the architecture of the top floor resembles Lord Krishna’s crown.
The unique design of this palace allowed the royal ladies to enjoy the daily life and festivities of the street while maintaining their strict “Purdah” custom which disallowed them from appearing in public without covering their faces. The numerous windows overlooking the streets must have been an apt solution.
This unique Monument was never meant to be a residential palace. You realize this as you try to find a way in from the front only to be guided by someone that the entrance is actually from the side. This Magnificent façade that you are seeing is actually the backside of the palace.
As you make your way to the entrance, you come across a large Royal door.
You are greeted by a beautiful courtyard with a fountain. The courtyard is a double storied building with the entrance of the Hawa Mahal on one side. The courtyard also houses an archeological museum.
The five-storied structure has a mandir dedicated to each floor.
Sharad meaning Autumn in Hindi signifying celebrations were carried out in this mandir in Autumn.
Has jharokha’s with coloured glasswork and is truly a delightful place to be in.
The place where the Maharaja performed his prayers.
This Mandir has screens on two sides and is open to the sky thus giving its name Prakash or Illumination.
The topmost mandir which is open from three sides and has a screen on one side is the airiest thus giving its name Hawa Mandir.
It is believed that the Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without a foundation, maintained solely by its pyramidal shape.
Hawa Mahal Timings
9:00 am – 5 pm
Open all days.
Rs 200 for Foreign Tourists.
Rs 50 for Indians.
Jaipur airport is located around 10 km from the city and has well connected International and Domestic flights.
Connected to most of the cities in India through a wide range of trains, most notably being Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.
If you are interested in something more luxurious, you can check out “The Palace on Wheels” too which has a 7 night / 8 days itinerary covering Jaipur also.
Transport in the city?
Uber, Ola and local rickshaws are very easily available.
Jaipur also has very convenient and comfortable State Transport Buses (Both AC and Non-AC) for transport to almost any part of the city with very nominal rates.
Check out the Jaipur Series to discover more tales and legends of the Royal Rajputana.