The Hawa Mahal is, according to all the articles you find, the most emblematic place in Jaipur and one of the most repeated images when talking about this city. Because most people believe that their facade is the most beautiful of the palace we wanted to break a spear and bet on other places inside that we have pleasantly surprised. We are not going to say that the facade is not very striking, but we liked the interior equally or more and partly because of its details. Hawa Mahal was constructed in 1799 A.D. by Maharaja Swai Pratap Singh. This is one of the finest symbols of Rajputana architecture in India.
English translation of Hawa Mahal is Palace of Winds.
The Hawa Mahal has the peculiarity that has an infinity of windows in its facade that face the street and from where the ladies of the Maharaja contemplated the life and the processions of Jaipur.
But inside we can see a patio with a pond or pool in the center where you can breathe a very quiet atmosphere, away from the noisy noise of Jaipur and where people sit, walk or just stare at what others do, something very typical in India …
The truth is that we were a parenthesis between both dick and so many cars. It seems a lie but when entering the street, free of cars, that takes you to the entrance (it is in the back) it was as if all of a sudden everything was silenced. The noise of the cars no longer reached this area and it was appreciated a lot. As soon as you enter there is a nice rectangular shaped patio with a pond or pool in the middle.
There is a staircase that goes up to the upper floors, right in the area that faces the street, where you can recreate everything in there. From vaults, engravings, stained glass windows, corridors, walls, windows, and a long etc. We even saw a man restoring a part of the palace; Yes, at your pace, without hurry.
The predominant colors are yellow and red and, as usual in India, when it’s hot it’s hot, and that day for us was like being in an oven. If you add that there were enough people visiting the palace, with children crowding in the corridors and others…
It is well worth coming to visit and enter, not to be alone with the facade. The stained glass windows that we saw inside liked us a lot, and all the engravings and details are spectacular. Here we leave you more photos and more practical information in case you go through the Hawa Mahal.
Practical facts of the Hawa Mahal:
- Entry Fee: INR 200 for Foreign Tourists and INR 50 for Indians
- Visiting Time: All days 9 00 AM – 4 30 PM
- Visit Duration: Around 1 hour
- It is easily reached by taking a rickshaw as everyone knows it
Best time to visit Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Winters are the best time to visit Jaipur. From the month of mid-September to mid-March. At the time the weather of Jaipur is too pleasant. You can easily do sightseeing of the famous attractions of Jaipur.