Known for its peculiar and imposing structure, Hawa Mahal is located in the spectacular city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. You can site this architectural splendor next to the way of entrance to the City Palace. Built in 1799, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is one of the most frequently visited structures in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal was constructed under by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and was designed by Lal Chand Usta. The structure of Hawa Mahal is a really a stunning sight to behold.
The palace, which is the part of Hawa Mahal is faced towards the main street of Jaipur. It was done with the intention to give the women of the palace an advantage to see the outer world through the stone screens. The women of the palace can watch the activities going on in the streets and the markets.
The structure of Jaipur Hawa Mahal is really impressive. It is a massive five story structure that is shaped like a pyramid. You can see various casements on the outer side of the Hawa Mahal. The tiny windows and the stone carved screens are wonderful creation of arts. It gives the building a remarkable grandeur. The three stories from the top are huge rooms. At the base of the structure, you will find two massive courtyards.
Hawa Mahal attains uniqueness because of the mass of semi-octagonal bays, carved sandstone grills, 900 niches, finials and domes. Also known as the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal has more than 953 small windows carved beautifully to let in the winds.
Hawa Mahal was constructed with red and pink sandstone, fringed with white quick lime. The courtyard to which the Hawa Mahal opens is an impressive place within the palace. To reach to the top floors, there are no stairs; you will have to reach the top through ramps. The typical Rajputana structure of the Hawa Mahal reflects the style and heritage of Jaipur.
Getting to Hawa Mahal will not be a problem at all. It is connected by railways, roads and airways. The nearest airport, which can be access from Hawa Mahal is the Sanganer Airport in Jaipur for domestic flights. For international flights, you can avail the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Regular buses also ply on the roads that lead to Jaipur. Jaipur station is the major railhead.
Hawa Mahal remains open from 0900 to1700 hours for the public. The ideal time to visit this architectural splendor is during October to February.