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Home :: India Destination :: Rajasthan :: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Introduction
Hawa MahalJaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is a land of numerous myths and legends. Tourists have myriads of charms to soak up, from one corner of the city to the other. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds turns out to be an unusual structure, as soon as a palatial building is concerned. The palace stands abutting the huge complex of the City Palace. The contrast, set by the intricate facade and the mass of pillars and passages on the backside, is where the real pleasure of sightseeing lies.

History
Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799, the Hawa Mahal was meant for the beautiful queens and the ladies of the monarchs. The tiny windows and the multi-screened balconies tell all the story that revolves around the palace. In those days, the royal women were to observe strict purdah from the outside world. And that was the reason why the palace was built. From the seclusion of this structure, they could easily observe the street activities and processions, without being visible themselves. Somehow or the other, the ladies thus enjoyed a sense of freedom.

Architecture
Those who are looking for a Rajput-style architecture with a hint of the Mughal architectural elements can have a good experience here. The palatial structure was designed considering the inhospitable weather conditions of Rajasthan. You should be accompanied with a guide who acquaints you of the numerous styles of architecture that the Hawa Mahal poses.

The exterior of the palace is very delicately designed, with very small windows and many screened balconies. At first sight, it would perhaps seem that the palace has no backside. But as you toward its rear, you will come across with a number of pillars and passages, leading you to the upper sections of the palace. Apart from presenting a dream-like structure to you, the Hawa Mahal also affords stunning views of the city and its alleyways. Early morning could be the ideal time to experience it all amid the golden light of the rising sun.

Nearby Attractions
Hawa MahalThe Hawa Mahal is not the only structure that you can feast your eyes upon, while on a trip to Jaipur. There are a number of others that must be seen to be believed. The most interesting part of it all is the myth or legend or some real history that remains attached with these incredible structures of the city. You can visit such famous sights as the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Amer Fort along with the much sought-after Sawai Mansingh II Museum.

Reaching There
Jaipur's Samganer Airport connects it with cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad and Varanasi through regularly operated domestic flights. The city also has a well-established rail route with frequent mail and express trains linking with various parts of the state and the country. Hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from any part within Jaipur to reach the palace. You can also avail of local buses, available from various parts of the city, to get to the palace.



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