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Location : Jaipur in Rajasthan, India.
Built By : Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD.
Highlights : Hawa Mahal Museum, Sireh Deori Bazaar
Palace Timings : 9:30 am till 4:30 pm
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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal - Cocktail For Your Cam

Think of Jaipur, and you cannot bypass the famous monument of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal in India. With five stories of small, semi-octagonal overhanging windows covered with lattice screens, it is a distinctive example of architectural delicacy. The main street of the Sireh Deori Bazaar offers a multi niched high back view of the Hawa Mahal (wind palace) in Rajasthan. The palace was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh and is a part of the city palace complex.

The Palace of The Winds

A bit more than a facade, the Hawa Mahal in Rajasthan was an architectural veil with air-conditioning; its multitude of delicately honeycombed sandstone windows allowed air to circulate, while the screens permitted ladies of the harem to view the buzzing old city below, while remaining hidden from the public. This architectural marvel which discriminates vision with air, with its exquisite white borders and motif's painted with quick lime, was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in 1799. An intrinsic playground of red and pink sandstone, this pyramid-shaped structure with its 953 tiny lattice worked pink windows, frames up elaborately modeled and carved balconies and arched roofs.

If you want to go inside, entrance is from the rear of the building. To get there, go back to the intersection on your left as you face the Hawa Mahal, standing amidst the bustling market, turn right and then take the first right again through an archway. No doubt, today's wind palace reminds one of the vicarious pleasures that the maharanis used to enjoy while peering out through the windows. The compassionate wind might not have been able to forget the royal fragrance, and ergo, it still plays hide and seek, now with itself, across the corridors.

Hawa Mahal in India also houses some of the oldest artifacts in Rajasthan, displaying a wide array of ancient manuscripts, group photographs, news paper cuttings, coins, armors- a regalia that will completely captivate your soul. The well-designed museum is well worth the visit if you are interested in learning about the pre-history of Rajasthan, the land of chivalry and romance.

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The palace and the museum is open for public viewing from 9.30 in the morning till 4.30 in the evening and is closed on Fridays. One can catch a bus or hire a private cab from the main train station to reach the palace. However, you can also look for unmetered auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws, if, want to have a better view of the roads that wind themselves around the Sireh Deori Bazaar.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal , Jaipur

The Crown of Krishna
Plan a visit to Jaipur to see the famous monument of Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds in India, a 18th century architectural delicacy. The red sandstone facade with its lattice-worked windows, unbelievably resemble the crown of Lord Krishna.

Playground of Winds
Play with the most leisurely winds of Rajasthan, drawn from all levels of atmosphere, at the famous Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. The splendid 953 lattice-worked windows make the Palace of Winds, the most cool place of Pink City.

Hide And Seek With The Sun
Climb the tiers of the famous monument of Palace of Winds in India, and look at the surrounding Sireh Deori Bazaar. Plan a trip to Jaipur to experience the vicarious pleasures of the ambrosial maharanis of Rajasthan.

The Archaic Treasure Trove
Visit the Hawa Mahal in India to have a rendezvous with the artifacts, once possessed by the robust maharajahs and by other members of the royal clan. The museum holds some beautiful carved swords, ancient manuscripts and coins, some of them dating back to the prehistoric era.

Visit The Bazaar
After you are finished with the Palace of Winds, pay a visit to the bustling Sireh Deori Bazaar. Look for some fine items of shopper's interest displayed in the numerous stalls that line up the market - glass bangles, potteries, tie-and-dye fabrics, and exquisite samples of fine craftsmenship.

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