Forts in Rajasthan: Palace Of Breeze-"Hawa Mahal"

Forts in Rajasthan: The cold breeze of the palace determines its rich architecture along with the great legacy of Rajput which will never be forgotten.
Hawa Mahal of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal of JaipurImage Credit: Nikada

Forts in Rajasthan: The city of Heritage, and the Palace Of Breeze- Hawa Mahal. The palace is situated in the middle of Jaipur near the City Palace (the main centre of the Rajput kingdom). If one has scheduled his/her vacation in the Pink City, then above all he/she should prioritize visiting this palace.

The palace was built by the Kachhwaha ruler Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799, he took the inspiration for building the palace from "Khetri Mahal" in Jhunjhunu.

Forts in Rajasthan: Reason to build Hawa Mahal

The design of the palace was undertaken by a great architect- Lal Chand Ustad as an extension of the City Palace.

Hawa Mahal was directly joined to the women's chamber aka "Zenana" due to the strict belief in "Purdah", the Rajput women were not allowed to attend any public gatherings or festivals.

Corridor for Zenana Mahal
Corridor for Zenana MahalImage Credit: paintedstork.com

On this, Hawa Mahal served as an aid to the Rajput women by providing 953 windows to watch any festival or public gatherings around the City Palace without appearing in public.

Windows of Hawa Mahal
Windows of Hawa MahalImage Credit: Sinthia Kabir

Forts in Rajasthan: Surrounding Of Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal is situated in the central part of Jaipur city, the surroundings of it are quite crowded as the market around the city holds the best market in Rajasthan to shop for traditional clothes, bridal lehengas, and Rajput handicrafts.

Apart from this, there is a huge variety of places to eat including the famous "Ramchandra Kulfi Bhandar" and various other Rajasthani cuisines.

Market around Hawa Mahal
Market around Hawa MahalImage Credit: Rajasthan Tour Driver

Forts in Rajasthan: Inside Hawa mahal

If there is something that acquires most attraction after the famous forts Nahargarh, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh, and Amer would probably be the Hawa Mahal palace as it also holds great architecture like the other forts.

The palace has a museum that was established in 1983 showcasing the great heritage of the Rajput Kingdom.

The view from the top of the palace keeps you intact with the fortune of the city and the water fountain at the centre of the palace welcomes the tourist for the visit with a good breeze.

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Major exhibits

Arrowheads, Fish hooks, Terracotta items, a storage vessel dating back to the 2nd century, etc.

Forts in Rajasthan: Things to know before visiting Hawa-Mahal

Hawa Mahal of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal of Jaipur
  • The palace looks better at night from the outside as Rajasthan tourism department has done some light effects on it.

  • The palace has temples on each of its five floors. Sharad Mandir exists on the first floor while the Ratan Mandir with colourful glasswork is on the second floor.

  • Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir, and Hawa Mandir adorn the top three floors.

  • Hawa mahal remains open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday.

  • The charge for the Indian tourist is INR 50 whereas the charge for foreigners is INR 200.

  • The charge for the Indian student is INR 20.

Forts in Rajasthan: Why was the city got entitled to Pink?

This story belongs to the year 1876- when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited Jaipur city for a tour and in the welcome of those two, the King of Jaipur- Raja Ram Singh ordered to paint the city in pink colour as pink colour of the city brings out a romantic charm that captivates every heart.

Pink City- Jaipur
Pink City- Jaipurcredit: KelanaByKayla

Since that day this tradition has been faithfully followed by the residents. But now it is mandatory to have pink colour in the city.

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