Hawa Mahal: Palace of Winds

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Rajasthan is home to many famous palaces and forts. These forts are example of the rich cultural heritage and intricate architecture. One of these is the beautiful Hawa Mahal Palace The 15 meter tall Red and pink sandstone building stands on the edge of City palace of Jaipur. This choice of stone blends in with the famous theme of the city: ‘ the pink city’. Lal Chand Ustad was the architect of this building. With intricate details on all 953 windows (jharokas), the elevation of the facade looks like a honey comb. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is a fusion of Hindu Rajput architecture and Islamic architecture. The doped canopies, lotus motifs, fluted pillars and delicate ‘jaali’ design that resemble Rajput architecture blend in with the stone work and lavish arches which resemble the Mughal architecture.

The intricate architectural exterior of Hawa Mahal

As United as it looks from the exteriors it is completely different from interior. Different rooms of the palace are made of different coloured marbles. It is maintained by the archaeological department of the government of Rajasthan.

The most suitable time to visit if from October to March owing to the pleasant weather in the region. The visiting hours are between 9 am and 5 pm. It takes around 2 hours to visit the entire palace. The ticket prices are reasonable. Being located at the heritage centre of the city, the near by City palace, Jantar Mantar, Ram Nivas garden and other such famous places can be visited.

Image credits: tourmyindia.com

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