Hawa Mahal located in the pink city, Jaipur is an imposing and peculiar structure. It was constructed in the year of 1799 and is one of the most famous and popular tourist sites in Jaipur, the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was under Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh that this magnificent structure was built. It was designed by Lal Chand Usta. The whole structure is an amazing piece of architecture to behold. Placed beside the way of entrance to the City Palace, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is counted as one of the major heritage and historic sites in India.
The impressive structure of Hawa Mahal is an enormous five story structure that is fashioned like a pyramid. The windows of the structrure are faced towards so the street so that the women of the palace can get the view of the outer world. This shows that women of that period were given importance and was allowed to keep knowledge of the outer world. They could keep an watch on the activities going on in the streets and the Markey place. The stone screens of the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur open the world for the women.
There are numerous casements on the external side of Hawa Mahal. You will definitely be taken away by the stone carved screens and the tiny windows. These are really an impressive piece of art. This grand structure consists of three stories and at the base; you will find two huge courtyards. The special architectural feature includes mass of semi-octagonal bays, carved sandstone grills, 900 niches, finials and domes.
Hawa Mahal is also popularly called the Palace of Winds as there are more than 953 small windows that are carved skillfully to pass in the winds within the palace. It was built out of red and pink sandstone that is bordered with white quick lime. To get to the top floors of the Hawa Mahal, there are no provisions for stairs. You have to go through the ramps. The whole structure reflects the typical Rajputana work of art, thereby reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Jaipur.
To get to the Hawa Mahal, you can access the Sanganer Airport in Jaipur for domestic flights and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for international flights. The major railhead is the Jaipur station. From 0900 to1700 hours, Hawa Mahal remains open for the public. October to February is the best time to visit Hawa Mahal.