Hawa Mahal is called "palace of winds"
because it has thousands of small window
through which wind flow and keep the palace
cool. If you look from outside, from a distance,
it looks like a beehive. It is not imagination
but a real palace, which is in the pink
city of Jaipur. As a matter of fact, Hawa
Mahal is believed to build for the women
of the Royal Families, when they desired
to have a look at the
happenings of the outer world it is so because
the royal families did not wish their women
folk to be seen in public. Sawai Pratap
Singh constructed Hawa Mahal in the year
1799. It is an amazing architecture that
boasts of Rajput heritage and architecture.
Lal Chand Ustad Hawa Mahal designed this
marvelous architecture in red and pink sandstone.
Hawa Mahal is a five-story, pyramid-shaped
structure is made up of small casements,
each with tiny windows and arched roofs
with hanging cornices, exquisitely modeled
and carved. The main gate opens into a huge
courtyard that has two storied buildings
on three sides. The eastern wing of the
palace has another three stores. There are
no stairs to access the upper floors, only
ramps. Tourists for its excellent view of
the city favor Hawa Mahal. The best time
to view Hawa Mahal is at sunrise as sunlight
filtering in through the latticed windows
gives it a wonderful glow. Hawa Mahal in
the golden light of the sun is an experience
truly to be savored. A tourist attraction
in Hawa Mahal brings along with it a bundle
of excitement and joy. It is a place where
one can breathe the fragrance of history
and enjoy the modern features of a metropolis.
You can enjoy the jarokhas of the Hawa Mahal,
and see the purdah-veiled panorama of Jaipur
as the queens and princesses saw it in the
old days. Thus the tourist from around the
world flock in large number to see this
beautiful monument and thus brings along
with it a bundle of excitement and joy.
Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Winter (Nov. to Feb.): Pleasant
Monsoon (Jul. to Aug.): Warm
Best time to visit: October and March
- Air: The nearest airport
to Jaipur is the Sanganer Airport in Jaipur,
10 km from the city. Domestic flights
connect Jaipur with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai,
Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
- Rail: Jaipur is well
connected by trains to all the major cities
of Rajasthan and India such as Delhi,
Agra, Chennai, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Udaipur,
Bikaner and Ahmedabad.
- Road: A well-developed
network of road connects Jaipur to important
tourist towns of Rajasthan and north India.
There are private as well as government
buses that connect Jaipur to all the nearby
major cities such as Delhi and Agra.