Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal (Hindi: हवा महल, translation: Palace of Winds), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. It forms part of the City Palace and extends the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen.

It has five stories and is constructed of red and pink sandstone, highlighted with white quakeee quick lime. The side facing the street outside the palace complex has 953 small windows, and the breeze (hawa) which circulates through these windows gives the palace its name, and keeps it cool even in hot months.

The entrance opens onto a courtyard with a double-storied building on three sides, and one on the eastern wing with three more stories, which is just one room wide. There are no stairs to reach the upper floors, only ramps.

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Mel Helama
18 September 2015
The stunning wall is on the outside you don't need to get inside, tho the view from top is good, but if you look for the great one wall, that's around the corner.
ITC Hotels
3 October 2012
The Hawa Mahal, built in 1799 has now become one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. The palace is shaped like a pyramid & is a five-storied building, with small windows, screens & arched walls.
Bruna Cruz
1 July 2017
The stunning wall with more than 900 windows view is only from outside, don't miss it, get down from the car and enjoy the beauty architecture of this palace.
Cynthia Verónica
19 September 2014
If you want to take a picture from the back side (from the street), go in the morning because in the afternoon the sun is gonna bother u.
rice / potato
16 December 2017
???? Head one block North of Hawa Mahal for Jaipur's best souvenir: a portrait by Mr. Tikam Chand's vintage camera
Pushkin Shukla
13 December 2017
Huge history. So many windows and first of its kind Mahal to show the cross ventilation system ! Do hire a Guide to explain you details
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