Hawa Mahal is one of the most recognized and distinctive landmark in Jaipur. You can not mark your Pink City trip complete without letting your eyes explore this unique palace. Located in famous Johari Bazaar of Jaipur, right in the middle of market hustle bustle, even a quick stop over is enough to stop and gasp while absorbing its grandeur and beauty.
Hawa Mahal Jaipur: A Quick Introduction
Hawa Mahal is a five storied palace complex, built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Pratap Singh. The chief architect was Usta Lal Chand (Details as per stone inscription at the site). It was built with the aim so that royal ladies can watch the processions down on the street while unseen from the outside. So, a significantly large number of small windows have been designed to facilitate the purpose.
These small portholes make it look like a honeycomb web of a beehive while the whole palace looks more like a crown. Most tourists stop for a quick snap of Hawa Mahal from the outside. However, you can also get inside (from a side entry door) to reach the back courtyards and climb to the upper floors to have panoramic views of Jantar Mantar and City Palace.
We too captured few shots of Hawa Mahal from outside and could not go inside due to paucity of time. We promise to bring more of Hawa Mahal interior pics from our next visit to Jaipur :).
Hawa Mahal Pictures
Location of Hawa Mahal
From outside, you can see it anytime. Entry inside the palace is allowed from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Entry fee is INR 50 for Indians and INR 200 for all foreign tourists.