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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal - Jaipur
Location: Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan
Famous As: The Pink City of India
Built in: 1799 A. D by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh
Ideal Time to Visit: October- March
Tourist Timings: 9:00 hrs- 17:00hrs

Hawa Mahal an Architectural Splendor
Hawa Mahal one of the most elegant specimens of the Rajasthan monument is constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 AD. The mahal also known as a Palace of the Wind, is a magnum opus of Rajput artistry. This 5 story imposing structural splendor is constructed in red and pink sandstone and is remarkably embellished with leitmotif painted in quick lime.

Hawa Mahal is a requisite portion of the City Palace, an extension of the Zenana Mahal a women's house slightly outlying from the main complex. Hawa Mahal gives a splendid panorama of Jaipur City down with a variegated view of buzzing bazaars and busy lifestyle of the people. The Palace was primarily contrived with an objective of letting the ladies of the royal court to watch the royal processions and other activities on road without being observed by others.

Constructor of Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal an unprecedented specimen of Rajputana architectural splendor is a wonderfully patterned and carved monument designed by Lal Chand Usta. Its camouflage from outside across the road gives the ambience of a delicate showcase than a palace. Hawa Mahal a 5-story, pyramid-shaped structure has 953 small chambers with pretty latticework on its pink delicate windows, gorgeous balconies and curvilinear roofs. The pyramidal outline is flat from top to bottom, the compact and numerous casements and motifs are used repeatedly to increase its gracefulness by maintaining symmetry. These numerous small delicate windows were built with an idea of keeping the chambers cool by circulate cool air in the hot summer days.

A study of Rajput monuments shows that Rajputs were so strongly influenced by Mughal architecture that they adopted the Mughal style of construction in such a way which gave base to the growth of a different architectural style of superb elegance and imaginative invention. The Rajput architecture is dominated by traditional Hindu style of making the chhatris- a small spherical covering canopies supported by pillars, lotus and flowering designs, where as it has ambient factors like stone inlay work and arches, that represent the Islamic style of architecture

Entrance/ Courtyard
Entrance to Hawa MahalFamous for it's Beehive like structure, the Hawa Mahal entrance opens at the rear side of the main building, as such there is no gateway at the front portion of the Palace.

The palace also has a small archaeological museum in its courtyard surrounded by double story building on three sides. The building stands over a high platform. It is a 50ft high thin shield, not even a foot in thickness, with small intimate chambers, which give the unique exterior to the structure. The upper floors can only be accessed by a ramp, as there are no regular stairs, therefore a gadget was used to assist movement of palanquins carried by servants.

Hawa Mahal comes under the administration of the State archeological department, stock the tourist with admirable panorama of the city. The best time to view Hawa Mahal is sunrise when sunlight through the latticed windows gives it an awesome luminescence.

Getting Around
Air: Jaipur can easily be accessed as there are regular flights connecting Jaipur to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Varanasi.

Rail: Trains to Jaipur are available from all the major parts of the country. There are also special trains from Delhi such as the Palace on Wheels and Royal Orient Express, which makes a royal ride for the travelers.

Road: There are excellent bus services from all the major places in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mumbai. To reach Hawa Mahal tourists' taxis, horse carts, rickshaws are also easily available.

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