Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
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Made of red and pink sandstone, Jaipur's signature palace of unusual architecture is a stunning example of local artistry. The top of the Hawa Mahal offers an excellent view over the city.
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  • The Royal Castle
    Jaipur, India11 contributions
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    Unique experience
    The first building in India entirely built with lime stone no use of stone or brick. The design of this palace like the crown of lord Krishna . The palace was built with a motto that the royal ladies could witness the processions .
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Ross M
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    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of similar windows
    I didn't understand this attraction to be honest. It's a building with lots of little windows. All of the windows are on the same side to have very similar views. Once you have seen out of one, you've seen it all. 3 stars because I went on international museum day (18/05) so at least it was free.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Vivekjain
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India242 contributions
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    A Breath of Architectural Elegance and Historical Splendor
    Hawa Mahal, or the "Palace of Winds," in Jaipur is an architectural gem that leaves visitors spellbound. Its stunning facade, adorned with intricate lattice-worked windows, creates a mesmerizing play of light and air. The palace's purpose becomes evident as you step inside and feel the gentle breeze that flows through the honeycomb-like structure. The historical significance of Hawa Mahal, built as an extension of the City Palace, adds to its allure. The panoramic views from its numerous balconies provide a glimpse into the bustling streets of Jaipur. A visit to this iconic landmark is a must for those seeking a glimpse into Rajasthan's rich history and architectural grandeur
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Temac1970
    Melbourne, Australia148 contributions
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    Photo opportunity on busy street
    Interesting, however the City palace is spectacular, so if you have to make a choice, I’d choose the latter. This is also located on a busy road and not as serene as the palace. As a must-do photo op, its fine but for a tour of grandeur, City Palace is the better choice.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Prasad G
    6 contributions
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    Exciting visit
    A bit crowded and not well kept up. Next time I go I will ask for a guide and go there during the cooler months. People outside touring visits to local shops to buy stuff. If you are not familiar with Hindi, go with someone who is. Take a guide
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Sandie02
    Shenzhen, China883 contributions
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    Good area for gifts
    We just went for the photo opportunity. Lots of great shots. Cross the street for another view. Can go to the restaurant across the street for better shots. The best part of This area is the cheap jewelry shops. Great bangles and even a guy sitting on a blanket selling gem rings for 100r. Lots of earrings and gifts to buy. I did buy two cotton pants and they bust the seam the second I sat down so maybe try on first.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Daydream60796929141
    Jaipur, India8 contributions
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    The Hawa Mahal, an architectural gem in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is a captivating masterpiece. This iconic five-story palace,
    The Hawa Mahal, an architectural gem in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is a captivating masterpiece. This iconic five-story palace, built in 1799, is renowned for its intricate lattice work and 953 honeycomb-shaped windows that allow the cool breeze to pass through, earning it the name "Palace of Winds." Visiting Hawa Mahal is like stepping back in time to Rajasthan's royal era. While it doesn't offer extensive interior exploration, its facade and historical significance are mesmerizing. The pink sandstone structure is especially enchanting during sunrise and sunset, as the sunlight creates a magical play of colors on its facade. In summary, Hawa Mahal is a must-visit in Jaipur, offering a glimpse into the architectural brilliance of Rajasthan's heritage.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Vaidehi15
    Mumbai, India310 contributions
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    Hawa Mahal - Symbol of Jaipur
    Hawa mahal is one of the known attraction when u visit Jaipur. Its a walk way place for 1 to cover when visiting City palace & jantar Mantar. You can take photo with Hawa mahal & move onto your next attraction. The same can also b seen within your travel from road to amber fort.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Big Indian Tours
    Kochi (Cochin), India334 contributions
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    Hawa Mahal - The Palace Of Wind
    In the heart of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal stands not just as a historical relic but as a living testament to the artistic and architectural brilliance of its era. The palace offers mesmerizing views, both from the top and the front, where you can see the forts around the city. The interior of the palace is beautifully decorated with paintings and intricate carvings. The many windows, constructed for the queens to look from, are a significant attraction. The palace is well-lit at night, offering a different perspective of its beauty. Inside the palace, there is a museum that provides insights into the rich history of Jaipur and the Mahal itself. The palace has two parts, Badi Chaupad and Choti Chaupad, but visitors are not allowed inside these areas. Hawa Mahal is located in a crowded part of Jaipur, but it is easily accessible. Bapu Bazar is within walking distance. It's recommended to visit Hawa Mahal early in the morning, ideally reaching by 9:00 AM, to witness a beautiful reflection of the sun through the colourful glasses. It is open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. The palace is well-maintained by the authorities, which is commendable. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 50, while for foreigners, it's Rs. 200. To fully explore the place, you would need approximately 2 hours. Don't forget to bring camera, as there are fantastic photo opportunities in and around the Mahal. It is surrounded by shops and restaurants, making it a perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a quick meal.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Andythebaggie
    Birmingham, United Kingdom2,332 contributions
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    Awesome sight in the heart of Jaipur
    This extraordinary building is an amazing sight on one of the main roads in the pink city. Sadly we didn’t have time to go in, but it’s worth seeking out if only to observe from the road side. And a busy road it is with a snake charmer and various hawkers as well as lots of traffic.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
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switchedoff
Townsville, Australia357 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We had imagined that the palaces and historic buildings we would see in India would be displayed in the way these things are in Europe and Australia. With relevant inscriptions and descriptions of the rooms and the people who lived there. Usually some relevant artefacts with inscriptions either actually used in the building or of the period. Not here. Empty. Nothing. So it was good exercise going up and down stairs.

We were the only non locals there. The ticket booth rudely refers to us as foreigners and charges 10 times the entry price. Word spread that we were from Australia and after 10 minutes local tourists were asking to have selfies with us. Bit weird.

Honestly we would give it a miss.
Written January 21, 2020
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Steven_Teo
Tawau, Malaysia543 contributions
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Dec 2019
The tour bus just dropped us by the roadside and then it was a scramble to cross a choke filled road to take a photo of the building. The reality; it is along a very busy street and what I have seen in tourist brochures does not reflect the serenity and calm. Even the colour of the building is not true to the actual colour. We spend more time haggling with street sellers than the photoshoot of the building.
Written March 10, 2020
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wendigo271
Thane, India13 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
It is a nice historic site attached to the Hawa Mahal Road. You should start by clicking pictures from across the street.

Once done cross the street again, you have to go around the property to buy entry ticket. It costs Rs. 50 per person. You can also opt for audio guide by paying extra but it is not needed. Lookup its history on Wikipedia before going.

Once inside you can move around and click pictures. You can reach the highest point in this property to get some good aerial views. Mind you the steps are quite high so if you have elderly folks with you they can stayback or folks with knee problems.

A note to foreign travellers(especially lone females), if asked for selfies by local groups of boys say NO.

A must have in your list if you are visiting Jaipur.
Written January 3, 2020
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travelbug_surrey99
London, UK32 contributions
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Mar 2020
...with an impressive 'front of the house' architecture. Worth seeing both during the day and at night to gain very different perspective. A favourite location for photo opportunities. Most visitors to Jaipur will come to see the front of the building and not exploring the palace.
Written April 18, 2020
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,324 contributions
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Oct 2019
I would say that the Hawa Mahal is Jaipur's most distinctive landmark, delicate honeycombed lattice towering 5 stories.

Built in 1799 so that the royal Ladies could view the town/street below.

The entrance is located in the back.

50 rupees for general admission/ about .70 cents USD
Written February 13, 2020
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Exploration276081
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Oct 2020
Palace of winds , a palace built by Maharaja Praatap singh in the year 1799 a.d.. I came to know during my visit that the palace which normally think and see is in fact the backside of the building , the frontside is entered through Tripolia bazar and than we reach to a courtyard known as Rajendra hazari guards now office of Jaipur Nagar Nigam. The Palace could be entered through a gate and than through a rampart could reach to the top to see the overlooking view of hawa mahal baza. I was told by our guide that the palace has 945 latticed windows from where the ladies of the royal court could see the processions without being seen by public. I was also told by our guide that the widows have been built only with the help of lime only and there is no use of stone or bricks. The architecture is like a peacock feather because the Maharaja was devoted to Lord Krishna and peacock feather is the crown of lord Krishna.
Written October 22, 2020
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camsandeep
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India26 contributions
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Jan 2020
Hawal Mahal is in the busy street with shops area. You need to be too early to get a clear pics of the monuments from outside or it should be on holiday. Inside Hawa Mahal, it has narrow passages resulting in too much crowd and it is advisable to avoid this place by elders / people with knee problems.
Written January 15, 2020
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Noel M
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Dec 2019
When you visit the pink city of Jaipur,be ready to see many wonderful sights.

One, in particular, caught my attention because of its interesting shape, color and design. It's known as Hawa Mahal,The Palace of Winds and reminded me of a buzzing beehive.

Why a beehive you may ask? Well, when I think of a beehive,I think of swarming, buzzing,workers, drones and queen bees.

This palace,like most palaces has a great deal of activity taking place in it, both day and night, behind closed doors.The workers carefully watch over the king and his queen. The ladies of the royal household look after their queen's every need. And the king,well, we can only imagine how he buzzes around the kingdom, eyeing the beautiful women of his harem thinking about ways to meet his many wants and needs.

Hawa Mahal is a five-story structure built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.He built it for his queen and her royal ladies but remember everyone was subject to his ultimate word and rule. It has 953 small windows where the ladies of his harem peeked out onto the bustling street life below. They could only imagine what life was like in the outside world being trapped within the palace walls. The Palace of Winds got its name because cool winds blew through its many colorful, sandstone windows while keeping secret all that took place in the inner world of the Maharaja's palace.
Noel Mouldovan
Written February 10, 2020
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Michelle P
Whitchurch, UK30 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Friends
We stopped here in passing. Our guide told us there are 900 plus windows in the building and these were for females to watch festivals through as they were not allowed to be seen. He told us we could visit inside for a small entrance fee, but we felt that a snap from the outside was enough as we had plenty more places to visit the same day.
We since learned that the picture taken from the street is actually the back of the Palace, so probably worth going in to get a look from the other side.
Written March 3, 2023
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Rokhan Ahmadzai
Kabul, Afghanistan4 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Solo
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind is located in Jaipur(the pink city), in the Indian state of Rajsthan.

Made with the red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur, and extends to the Zenana, or women's chambers. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal is one of the most iconic Mughal Style archutectural, indeed a very special and must place to visit in Jaipur.
The Hight of Hawa Mahal is 49meters with a total of 5 floors.
Written January 7, 2020
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