Hawa Mahal is magnificent with 953 jharokhas constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The structure resembles the honeycomb of a beehive which is intricate latticework and is of historical significance. The purpose of the building was for the royal ladies to observe everyday life and the festivals celebrated in the street below without being visible to others as they had to follow strict rules of wearing purdah. The architectural feature allowed cool air to pass through the whole area, making it pleasant owing to the high temperatures in summer.
The Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur also named as the Palace of the Breeze because of its architecturally brilliant structure that lets continuous breezes flow through the windows 24 hours and to keeps the palace cool in summer.
Hawa Mahal is striking in its construction. It has five unique storeys made of red and pink sandstone. With over 953 windows and intricate latticework, the palace looks like a big honeycomb. Although beautiful, the windows and lattice had another function, It was designed so that the female members of the royal family could look onto the street and observe daily life and festivals. The rules of “purdah” prohibited them from showing themselves in public, without covering their faces. Tourists may think that the view from the street is the front of the palace, but the windows and lattice are at the back.
Hawa Mahal isn’t just famous for its beauty. It is also the tallest building in the world without a foundation. Five storeys can only remain to stand because the building is curve-shaped. An architectural feat, the Hawa Mahal is a unique structural identity in India.
Hawa Mahal from city centre can be reached in 20 minutes by walk.
Bus route number Mini34, AC1 & 3 runs on this route.
It takes about 5 minutes to reach.
Walking distance of about 1.5 km to the place.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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