Hawa Mahal is one of the most renowned palaces in Rajasthan with people flocking from all over the world to see its’ unmatched beauty and intricacies. Hawa means wind and Mahal means palace thus Hawa Mahal basically means “A Palace of Winds”. Located at the core of the Pink City of Jaipur, this charismatic spectacle exudes an aura due to its rich heritage and cultural background that is hard to overlook. The intricacies of this stunning palace are such that cool winds breeze through it all day long and make it a perfect summer palace. As you enter the mahal, you’re told stories about the Maharaja and Rani which will literally transport you back in time and make you want to put on your thinking caps. This blush pink palace is made from sandstone and was built to enable the royal women to witness the processions and happenings on the streets. The built of Hawa Mahal is such that you can view the City Palace and Jantar Mantar from atop. There is also a museum inside the Mahal which houses a number of ceremonial relics and royal paintings.
Hawa Mahal is open every day of the week except Fridays for tourists from 9 am to 4.30 pm. However, it gets extremely busy on the weekends hence visiting on weekdays should be preferred to get a detailed and peaceful tour of the palace.
Local Indians: Rs 10
Foreigners: Rs 50
You can even opt for a composite ticket which is valid for two days for 7 locations
Composite Ticket Fee
Local Indians: Rs 300
Foreigners: Rs 1000
Charges taken for camera are
Local Indians: Rs 10
Foreigners: Rs 30
Local tour guides are available outside the locations who charge a certain amount to take you around the palace and give you information about the historical and cultural background. The prices are negotiable so ensure you bargain as much as possible.
Hawa Mahal is situated in Jaipur which falls in one of the hottest states of India. Since Jaipur experiences scorching heat, it is not advisable to visit in summers. September to February, i.e. the period after the end of summer or before the onset of summers is ideal.
Jaipur has a very fancy railway station with pink outer walls and graffiti art on them. Railway services are available from all parts of the countries, all major and many minor locations. They take you to the Jaipur railway station from where Hawa Mahal is only 18 minutes away.
Jaipur is well connected to major parts of the countries by expressways and highways. You can definitely opt for the roadways if you are in the mood for some adventure.
Hawa Mahal was built in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap of the Kacchwaha Rajput Dynasty. During those times, the Purdah System was being followed by Rajputs under which the royal women were not allowed to show themselves in front of strangers or even appear in public. To enable them to see the day to day events and royal processions on the streets or in the, Hawa Mahal was built. Sawai Pratap Singh who was a worshipper of Lord Krishna wanted to offer a tribute to him and hence directed the architect, Lal Chand Utsa to build the Mahal in the shape of Lord Krishnas’ crown. Another theory says that Maharaja Sawai Pratap was so inspired by the unique structure of Khetri Mahal that he decided to replicate it in some form and build this Mahal.
The architecture of this Hawa Mahal is a unique combination of Rajput and Mughal styles. Once you enter, you are led to a spacious courtyard that is always naturally lit and reflects light into the rooms and hallways of the palace which surround this gorgeous yard. This majestic five storied palace is designed as a beehive castle with 953 tiny windows like casements and pink latticework, hanging cornices and arched roofs. These windows kept the castle cool and breezy during summers and provided comfort to the occupants. Despite the number of windows, the size of each peephole is just big enough for the royal ladies to look at the city and roads but not big enough for the public to be able to get a glance at them. The top three stories are actually three temples; Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir, and Hawa Mandir. Vichitra Mandir was used by the King to worship Lord Krishna. Prakash Mandir provided an open terrace on both sides thus providing a glorious view. A fact worth noticing about the palace is that in contrast to the boastful and adorned exteriors, the interiors are relatively very modest which sets it apart from the other palaces in Rajasthan which are generally big in magnanimity both on the outside and inside.
• Hawa Mahal means the Palace of winds.
• It is one of the most prominent landmarks of Jaipur.
• It looks like a web of honeycomb and has 953 windows with intricate detailing.
• It is shaped like Lord Krishnas’ crown as the King was a keen worshiper of Lord Krishna.
• It was built for the women of the royal families to enable them to witness the processions on the streets during the period.
• The palace is also home to an archaeological museum having paintings and sculptures from yester years.
Hawa Mahal is recommended for all age groups alike. While children enjoy getting lost in the regal stories and transporting back in time, adults love getting a better insight into the finer nuances of the opulent history.
• Hawa Mahal was a summer retreat for many Rajput families during the olden times.
• The frontage of the building is built like a beehive.
• Hawa Mahal does not have a front entrance, one has to enter from the side.
• There are no stairs to reach the upper floors of the Mahal, only ramps for the same.
• Hawa Mahal is considered one of the tallest buildings in the world built without a foundation.
• Hawa Mahal provided a magnificent view of Jaipur, City Palace and Jantar Mantar from the top.
• It is located in the old city and a part of the City Palace complex of buildings.
• Hawa Mahal has lots of ethnic, colorful street shopping around it. But ensure you haggle as the prices can be brought down by great margins.
•Wear comfortable, preferably sports shoes as there is lots of walking around to be done.
•Ensure that you carry a water bottle or some energy drink as there are high chances of dehydration.
•Opt for a tour guide if you wish to know about the history and culture of the Mahal else you can simply take in the grandeur of the place by exploring the place yourself.
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002