Hawa Mahal Jaipur or Palace of Winds is undisputed Face of Rajasthan Tourism. The beautiful architectural design leaves visitors awestruck.
Hawa Mahal Jaipur
It is situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is a monument which sums up the rich past and glory of Rajputana.
Question – What is Hawa Mahal?
Answer – It is a palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan famous for its unique beehive like design.
Question – Where is Hawamahal located?
Answer – Hawa Mahal is located in heart of Walled City of Jaipur. It is next to Badi Chaupad.
Question – Who built Hawamahal? / When was Hawa Mahal built?
Answer – It was built by Maharaja Pratap Singh of Jaipur in 1799 AD.
Wind Palace Jaipur Entry Fees
Tourist Type Hawamahal Entry Cost (INR)
Indian 50 Rs
Foreigner 200 Rs
Hawa Mahal Timing
Hawa Mahal Timing: It opens at 9:00 AM in morning and closes at 5:00 PM in the evening.
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The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is in early morning when the sun rays reflect on the Rajput styled orange pink enticed Hawa Mahal. You can visit during noon hours in winters but it is recommended to avoid during summers.
Even if you miss visiting it from inside you can always click a selfie in front of Palace at any time of the day.
How long it takes to visit Hawa Mahal Jaipur?
It takes an hour to visit Hawamahal and see all corners of the palace of wind.
How to reach Hawa Mahal?
It is located in the center of walled city of Jaipur. It is very well connected to every part of the city by buses, auto, taxi, cabs and e-rickshaws.
Must Visit Tourist places near Hawa Mahal
- Sargasuli (1.2 KMS)
- Jantar Mantar (700 Meters)
- Albert Hall (2.3 KMS)
- Kalki Temple (270 Meters)
- City Palace (270 Meters)
Brief Hawa Mahal History
Maharaja Pratap Singh (1778 – 1803 AD) built Hawa Mahal in 1799 AD. This architectural milestone was designed by Ustad Lal Chand.
During the times of late 17th century Rajput ladies practiced ‘purdah’ due to centuries of foreign aggression. It is said that the monument was built for the ladies of royal house from where they could see all the celebrations and daily life in bazars of Jaipur while keeping their privacy intact.
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It was inspired from Palace of Khetri (Wind Palace, Jhunjhunu) which was built by Bhopal Singh in 1770. Pratap Singh was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and thus it was designed and built in such a way that it resembles crown of Lord Krishna.
Pratap Singh built it as an extension to City Palace of Jaipur. Opposite to popular belief, it is back side of the palace. The entry is from Tripolia Bazar side.
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A majestic entry gate welcomes visitors to one of the grand courtyard. The rajput styled courtyard is surrounded by two storey buildings from three sides and structure in the eastern side. The fountains in the courtyards add beauty and breeze to the already magnificent palace.
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Hawa Mahal Interior
The names of five storeys of Hawa Mahal in India are:
- Sharad Mandir – the first one, where the autumn celebrations took place.
- Ratan Mandir – because of its glass work the storey is called Ratan Mandir.
- Vichitra Mandir – Maharaja Pratap Singh used to worship Lord Krishna on this storey and wrote poems in devotion.
- Prakash Mandir – the fourth is with open terrace on both sides.
- Hawamahal – the fifth storey is known as Hawa Mahal after which the whole structure got its name.
As most of the jewellery showrooms, garment shops, handicraft shops and food shops are near by a photo walk is recommended after or before visiting the Palace of Wind in Jaipur.
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