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Perhaps one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture in India, the Hawa Mahal stands at 50 feet and its unique five floors exterior depicts the honeycomb of a beehive.
Known as the Palace of Winds for its jumble of windows and screened balconies the remarkable red and pink sandstone palace sits on the edge of the City Palace. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh was constructed to enable ladies of the royal household to observe the life and parades of the street below without being seen.
The 953 small windows are decorated with intricate latticework, and the top of the building offers spectacular views over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace on one side views of the Sireh Deori Bazaar on the other. Coloured glasswork from some of the windows fill the room with various colours when the sunlight enters. The mahal is particularly striking in the early morning when it is illuminated with golden sun lights.
A small museum with a great collection of antiques, small paintings and articles from the royal past is housed inside the courtyard. There are plenty of market outside the building, great for shopping the local products.
The building is open from 9am to 4:30pm and entrance fee is Rs.50. Entrance fee is covered if this is included on our tours – you Tour Manager will advise.
Visitors can enter the Hawa Mahal place from the city palace side through an imperial door.