Built in the dusk of 17th century by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is one of the most distinctive landmarks of India. Being given a shape of the crown of Lord Krishna, this pyramidal palace is a red and pink sandstone construction which rises to five-storeys. From the top, one can have an excellent view of Jaipur.
The name Hawa Mahal means palace of winds and the structure is famous for its open windows, which are named as Jharokhas in the local language. Designed as a beehive castle, the interiors of Hawa Mahal are divided into spacious courtyards with passages reaching to the top storey. Interesting fact of the interiors is that there are no stairs leading to the upper floors, rather, the storeys are connected with slopes.
The beautiful landmark of Hawa Mahal is surrounded by numerous attractions like the Jantar Mantar, Govind Devji temple, Ram Niwas Bagh, Sisodia Rani Garden and Nahargarh fort.
Best time to visit Hawa Mahal
The best photo ops at Hawa Mahal is in the morning when this red sandstone structure stands tall lit in the golden hues of the sunrise. Dusk also offers good point of views to photography buffs. However, one could visit Hawa Mahal at anytime of the day even in summers as the jarokhas with intricate latticework enables the Venturi effect through the pattern thereby air conditioning the area even in during scorching summer.