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
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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.
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.
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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