Hawa Mahal: About, Time, History, Activities, Entry Fee
In 1799, a 5-story building was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh belonging to the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty known as Hawa Mahal. As the building implies, it's a palace constructed with 953 windows. Due to its uniquely constructed architecture, the palace became a distinguished tourist spot in Jaipur City. It is also known as the " Palace of winds”. The palace was built in a way that the Royal women can have a view of the outside world, as per their custom they weren't allowed to go out.
Kachhwaha Rajput ruler Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh was so impressed by the Khetri Mahal structure in Jhunjhunu, that he built Hawa traditions where the palace women can enjoy their daily activities, and the festivals showcased on the streets. Through this, the women get a sense to experience freedom whilst staying inside the palace and keeping their traditions intact.
The palace has an architectural blend of Hindu (Rajput) and Islamic (Mughal) designs. The design is made of a 5-storied pyramid palace resembling the shape of Lord Krishna's Crown, with a height of 15m. The sandstones used pink and red to build this monument, therefore the monument doesn't consist of any stairs, thus ramps are the only ways to reach the top stories. There are a total of 953 windows also known as 'jharokha’ craved by wood, these jharokhas are constructed in such a manner that the cold breeze circulates from the windows keeping the palace air-conditioned even in the summertime. These windows consist of small chambers where the Royal women can experience the street view without going out. In the center of each chamber, there are fountains built to praise the winds flowing giving the breeze even more cooling effects.
The Palace consists of 5 tiers of corridors on the inside, as the palace doesn't consist of any stairs, the tourists who come for a Jaipur sightseeing tour can have a glimpse of the streets from the pierced screen window. Jaipur is well-known for bargaining its hand-made crafts, clothes, bags, footwear, jewelry, and so on.
The tourists can enjoy different cuisines in nearby restaurants of Hawa Mahal. One can't miss adding to their Jaipur two-day tour package and the opportunity to experience the traditional Rajasthani cuisines with their traditional serving methods.
Tourists who wish to stay longer can get a Jaipur tour by car to the nearest attractions of Hawa Mahal like Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Mandir, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, Amber Palace, etc.
The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is early in the day between 9:30 am to 4:30 am, as it looks most peaceful without the traffic chaos outside the palace, as later on the streets get busier. On Fridays, the museums remain closed. The months of September to February are the best times for the Jaipur sightseeing tour, as the season will be pleasant for tourists.
Tourists planning for the Jaipur 2-day tour package can get a composite ticket for 2 days at the price of INR 1000 and INR 300 for Foreigners and Indians respectively. Whereas, the normal entrance fee for Indian and Foreign tourists is INR 50 and INR 200 respectively.
Taxi Services in Jaipur provides multiple options to its customers depending on the choice of vehicles, members, the locality, as well as the number of days the tourists plan their vacation for the Jaipur tour. One can rent a taxi service for how many days they plan on sightseeing in Jaipur.
The other option available for transport is the tourists can opt for the Jaipur sightseeing Taxi area, as they can provide rental cars for the locals as well as guides.
Hawa Mahal is one of the well-known distinguished tourists stops in Jaipur. With the breathtaking architecture of the monument, one can't miss the opportunity to visit and experience the traditional cuisines after coming to Jaipur, it will be a fresh experience for the tourists.