Hawa Mahal is the prime attraction of Jaipur. It is also known as "Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”. The Hawa Mahal is made of red and pink sand stone, beautifully outlined with white borders and motif's painted with quick lime.
Location : Hawa Mahal is located on the intersection of Badi Chaupad, south of the city of Jaipur.
About Hawa Mahal
It is a Rajputana architecture. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh was built the Hawa Mahal in year 1799. Lal Chand Ustad designed this palace in form of the crown of Hindu God Krishna. Hawa Mahal is an emblem of the Rajputana architecture. It is a unique five-storey exterior and in this Palace there is 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work.
It is five-story pyramidal shaped architecture. In Hawa Mahal there is a 953 small windows decorated with tiny lattice work. Lal Chand Usta built Hawa Mahal in pink sand stones keeping in mind the pink color of the other monuments in the city. Main attraction in making of the Hawa Mahal is cooling chambers. Three floors of Hawa Mahal have a dimension of one room width. First and second floors of this structure have patios in front of them.
The main building material used was pink stone. The palace was supposed to serve as a harem. It was the place where the numerous pampered wives of the Indian princes came to have a rest. The small windows and screened balconies serve the women to watch processions and different activities taking place on the streets. Its cultural and architectural heritage is a true reflection of a fusion of Hindu Rajput architecture and the Islamic Mughal architecture. In form of fluted pillars, domed canopies, lotus and floral patterns you seen the Rajput style and Islamic style is evident in its stone inlay filigree work and arches.
Archaeological department of the Government of Rajasthan is maintained this Mahal.
Hawa Mahal is the palace is a fine example of Rajput style of architecture is greatly influenced by the Mughal architecture.
Visiting Time : The palace is open between 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Best time to visit the Hawa Mahal is sunrise when it catches the early morning sun and is bathed in its golden light making it glow like a gem.