Situated in the picturesque city of Jaipur, the stunning Hawa Mahal overlooks one of the city’s main streets. The palace, which is part of a huge complex is also popularly known as the “Palace of Winds” due to its unique design which allows wind to circulate freely through the 950 windows, keeping the palace cool.
This impressive five-storied, semi-octagonal structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh.
Its purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday activities as well as to enjoy the processions without being seen.
This architectural marvel is made up of small casements, each with small windows and arched roofs with hanging cornices.
The overhanging balconies, domes and spires, carved sandstone grills and lace screens truly make it one of the finest examples of Rajpur artistry.
Its fascia makes Hawa Mahal look more like a screen than a palace.
Built as part of the City Palace located in Sireh Deori Bazaar, this monument is also known as “fantasy in pink stone”. Along with the numerous distinctive structures inside, the palace also has a museum near the entrance displaying a beautiful collection of handicrafts, paintings and many other such displays.
The top storey of the palace offers magnificent views of the city and its many attractions. The entrance of the palace is from the back side.