Hawa Palace meaning 'Palace of Winds' is the land mark of Jaipur. Located
in the down town of the city, this marvelous piece of architecture stands as
a specimen of Rajuput architecture and their values. The monument was built
by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. It is a five-storied palace with 953
sand stone windows in the complex of City Palace and offers a stunning work
of carvings. Originally, the palace was designed in 'jharokhas' style by Lal
Chand Usta on the commission of Maharaja. And its purpose was to allow the
beautiful Rajput women of the palace the views of markets, processions and
functions in the cities.
Quick Facts Location : Jaipur (Rajasthan) Built in : 1,799 Built by : Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Highlight : The peculiar Architecture Timings : Open 0900 - 17 hrs Climate : 45-25.8 oC (Summer), 22 -8.3 oC (Winter) Best time to visit : October to February
Dal Lake Air/Rail/Road Links
Sanganer Airport is located 15 km from the city center
of Jaipur and offers regular air services to the cities like Delhi,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Udaipur and a single
international flight to Dubai.
Railway Station :
Jaipur Railway Station is one of the important cities
of north India. It offers regular trains to all major cities of India.
Bus Station :
Jaipur is extensively connected by national and state
highways to all major cities of India. Jaipur Bus Station operate
regular bus service of AC and Deluxe Coaches.
Taxi, auto-rickshaw and cycle rickshaw are the primary
means to roam around the city.
Within the Hawa Palace
Hawa Palace has beautiful 953 casements, called Jharokhas in local name.
Each casement is carved of red sand stone with fine decoration and tiny
Courtyards of the Hawa Mahal is another great attraction. It is surrounded
by double story building on three sides. The entrance goes through a
beautifully carved door.
The Facade of Hawa Mahal
The most grandeur scene of the palace is available from front side. It is a
five-storied palace raising to the fifty feet high
Inside of Hawa Mahal
The inner part of the palace consist of plain champers and mass of
decorated pillars. There are number of passages and lead to the top story.
Architecture of Hawa Mahal
The construction and philosophy behind it has been the subjects of
speculation among the tourists. It combines Mughal style, patterning of Jain
temples and a kind of them creeping in the work.
Hawa Mahal located in the main market. Shopping in the market area at the
front side of the monument is an exquisite experience. You can shop here
dazzling varieties of jewelery, beautiful gems, semi precious stones, kundan
and minakri work (enamel work on gold). Sanganeri prints, tie-dye, and fine
kota doria saries are some exclusive buys for women.
Famous Hotels close to Hawa
The pink city of Jaipur has world class heritage hotels. You will find here
all categories of accommodation ranging from luxury to budget and economy
class hotels. The heritage hotels are world known for their royal
hospitality. Hawa Mahal also occupies a heritage hotel in its premise. Their
are some more famous hotels for visitors of Hawa Mahal are :
Other Attractions Around the
The City Palace in Old city is a big complex housing many palaces, temples
and museum. It is a complete gallery of Rajput architecture. It was built by
Sawai Jai Singh and later Rajput rulers.
Jaigarh fort houses world's largest cannon on wheels. This most spectacular
fort of Jaipur was the center of producing and suppling weapons to Mughal
and Rajput warriors.
One of the five largest observatories in all over India, Jantar Mantar has
a collection of complex astronomical instruments in functions to this day.
It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II.
This majestic fort is nestled atop the Aravali Hills. Construction and
inside decoration of frescos and murals-both are attractive. Jai Singh built
as a safe pocket from enemy.