History of Hawa Mahal, Jaipur’s Most Iconic Landmark

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur’s most iconic landmark, is no ordinary piece of architecture. It is a beguiling, 5-storied building dating back to the 18th century, which, with its lacy grillworks and honey-comb facade, renders city dwellers and travellers an extraordinary visual spectacle. From its intricate decors to the panoramas visible from here, Hawa Mahal is a popular landmark that demands a visit at least one in life. The alluring Hawa Mahal night view - when the moonlight shines on the city, is an experience in itself that leaves visitors awestruck. Keep your cameras ready as each angle proffered by the mahal deserves a snap!

The history of Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds, is quite intriguing. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the court harem so that they could witness the royal processions and the street life. The exquisite pink and red sandstone ‘mahal’ stands out for its striking architecture, and the beautiful ‘jhaali’ works on its 953 windows.

Known as Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh’s favourite resort, the palace was designed by an architect named Lal Chand Usta. The Hawa Mahal architecture is defined by its five-story tiered shape that rises to about 50 feet. The elevated facade resembles a honeycomb with small portholes, each with miniature windows, carved sandstone grills, and finials. The interior however consists of minimalistic decorative elements as compared to its gaudy exteriors.

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The Hawa Mahal architectural style is an incredible amalgamation of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal-influenced designs. Its interiors are composed of large chambers with different coloured marbles, inlaid panels and glidings. Its entry is through a large imperial door that leads to a fountain-laden courtyard, enclosed by double-storied buildings. Every floor of Hawa Mahal has a temple.

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Night view of the Hawamahal, one of the most famous tourist places in Jaipur
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One of the top tourist destinations in Jaipur, this monumental complex houses a small museum where visitors can get an insight about the history of Hawa Mahal. The museum is famous for its miniature paintings and ceremonial relics that tell stories of Rajasthan's royal past. From the top of the complex, one can witness stunning views of Jantar Mantar, the City Palace and the Sireh Deori Bazaar.

On your visit to the regal city of Jaipur, if you wish to stay near Hawa Mahal at a luxurious hotel, make sure to reserve a well-appointed room at Hotel Clarks Amer. An opulent property offering club rooms and penthouse suites, pamper yourself to an indelible stay in the Pink City!