Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,016 contributions
Sep 2021
I did a guided live stream walking tour of the pink city of Jaipur with Dilip from Heygo.
He was an excellent guide who taught us so much about Jaipur's history, architecture and way of life. After independence in 1947, Jaipur was made the capital of the newly formed state of Rajasthan. He explained why the buildings are all painted pink in the old town. The city was painted pink to welcome HRH Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII, Emperor of India), in 1876. Many of the avenues still remain painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink city. Even the buses are pink.
We also noticed that there are no policemen or traffic lights guiding the traffic on the roads but it works well among the citizens. There was much honkings but it was not due to impatient drivers. It is just a way of life for the drivers to greet each other. He showed us beautiful pink roadside buildings where the shops are on the ground floor while the businessmen and their families live upstairs. He also mentioned that ladies in Jaipur like to dressed in bright colours to make up for lack of colour in the desert part of Jaipur.
Even the street lamp posts are lovely.
When we reached the majestic and gorgeous Hawa Mahal, he explained that the facade with lattice windows were for the royal ladies to view the street processions without being seen. There are many windows as in the past the Maharajas had many wives. The pink colour for buildings is mandatory for the common people. Dilip kindly allowed us to take very good postcard shots of Hawa Mahal. However this rule did not apply to the Maharaja as we noticed the entrance to his Palace is not painted in pink.
He also pointed out the flowers market near the temples as the flowers are used as offerings to the God, Popular colours are red (which symbolises energy) and yellow (knowledge and wisdom).
Written September 18, 2021
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Exploration276081
10 contributions
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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Ashagarwal
Lucknow, India3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Very nice & attractive place

One of the historic place in Jaipur , at night it looks more beautiful in lights but you can't go inside after 5 & 6 pm but in day time you can access this beautiful monument and explore it from inside too.. this place is a attraction of tourists.
It has 953 windows on the outside walls.
The honeycomb shaped and beautifully carved windows allow breeze to blow through the palace and makes it a perfect summer palace.. is one of the major attraction in Jaipur.. must visit highly recommend this place 😊
Written February 24, 2020
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switchedoff
Townsville, Australia357 contributions
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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Ghadeer2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait9,812 contributions
Jan 2020
Visiting “The Palace of Winds" or “The Palace of Breeze"(built in 1799) is worth it to enjoy unusual artistry with 953 windows with the intention of allowing royal ladies to observe everyday life without being seen. I have not seen such a site before. It was not crowded on our day of visit. We were told that the back of the palace is more beautiful than the front side. This Mahal still looks beautiful.

SEE photos.
Written February 1, 2020
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Abel S
5 contributions
Oct 2021
It is one of those places that you need to visit once in your lifetime. The artistry of glass windows and the jharokha architectures are mesmerizing. They transport you to a world where even the buildings showed off grandeur. They told the stories of the luxurious lives of their residents.
Written April 22, 2022
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Steven_Teo
Tawau, Malaysia542 contributions
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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Alice L
Vancouver, Canada133 contributions
Oct 2019
What makes this palace so eye-catching is the lacy ornamental facade accented by delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. If you want to get some nice pictures, go early in the morning when there are not too many people and not so much traffic. We did not go inside so not sure if it's worthwhile to do so!
Written January 6, 2020
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travelbug_surrey99
London, UK32 contributions
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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Nandini
223 contributions
Oct 2020
During the day, due to hustle bustle and over crowded streets , you might not enjoy jostling through the crowd., I ceretainly did not enjoy that. Also, in that area, all shops have their names in Hindi which I think is unfair as you cannot expect all to read the names only in that official language. The same area once the shops close is a visual treat. It was lit up and it can blow away your sense. The only jarring point was the huge banner displayed with the covid instructions and the CM's face. That for tourists, that was an eye sore. The illumination though , takes away all the negative aspects
Written October 25, 2020
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