Hawa Mahal Jaipur: The palace of winds in Jaipur
Hawa Mahal Jaipur is a very famous and huge building of Jaipur, which houses the main complex. It was built in 1979 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This palace exists on the edge of the city palace of Jaipur.
Why was it named Hawa Mahal?
The name of this building was named Hawa Mahal because of its unique architecture. There are very small windows in the building with lattices on them. Especially in summer the cool wind enters the palace which makes the palace cool.
- Location: Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Chopad, J.D.A. Market, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302002
- Closed on: All 7 days open
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Entry Fee: Foreigners – Rs. 200 per person | Indians: Rs. 50 per person
- Best time to visit: September to March
- Is Photography allowed: Allowed
Structure of Hawa Mahal
Pink and red sandstone have been used to construct the building of Hawa Mahal, Jaipur. Its structure is pyramidal which looks almost like a crown. It has more than 900 windows which are also known as Jharoka. The Hawa Mahal looks very grand. The Hawa Mahal is built 5 floors up. It has a very lavishly decorated main hall.
As soon as you enter the main palace, you will see a grand and attractive fountain welcoming you. From where you can make your way to different floors. City Palace, Jantar Mantar and many such famous markets are visible at the top of the palace.
There is also a small museum in Hawa Mahal which houses many special rich and miniature paintings.
Shopping at Hawa Mahal
Some small shops are also available just outside the premises of Hawa Mahal, from where you can buy different types of gifts and accessories.
Here you can shop for traditional clothes, jewellery, traditional shoes, vases, shoes, key chains, and many useful items which are available at cheap prices. You can also shop for Jaipuri printed dress sarees, handicrafts, Rajasthani furniture, etc.
There is also a cafe in front of the Hawa Mahal which is famous for its architectural masterpieces.