Hawa Mahal

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Nair2011 Nair2011
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Palace for royal women to see the ceremonial processions. Jul 14, 2012
Hawa Mahal. Palace of Wind, one of the prominent landmarks of Jaipur, India was built by Maharaja sawai pratap singh in 1799. This palace is shaped like pyramid and has five floors.

All windows of these floors are decorated with different colour glass pieces and with arched roofs.

Entrance fee is around 60 US cents for Indian nationals and around 2 USD for other nationals. visitors can climb to the top through the stair case. Its purpose was simply to allow the royal women to view the ceremonial processions while seated behind the small windows without themselves being seen.

This attraction is open from 9AM till 4.30PM. I have climbed to all floors to experience the look from inside. Also have taken pictures from outside.
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Sign at entrance
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Beautiful facade and views Feb 10, 2011
Constructed in the eighteenth century by the Maharajah of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal is a very gorgeous looking palace. The name translates to the palace of the wind and is made from a very beautiful looking red/pink sandstone colour.

Although the place is very nice to look at, a lot of its glamour is due to its impressive façade. When you see the façade, it looks amazing, but this is where most of the attention to detail has gone. The rest of the building behind it isn’t as impressive.

The building is studded with these windows which allow the people to view what is going on upon the main road that is before them. This was mainly for the benefit of the royal ladies, who were able to see the events from above without being gawped at themselves.

Though no furniture is there, the building is pleasant enough to talk through. I particularly liked the decorated gates inside, and thought the views from the top were rather lovely too. If you are in Jaipur, this has to be at the top section of your itinerary!
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BortnikY BortnikY
4 reviews
Beautiful site, if a little dissapointing Aug 28, 2009
The Hawa Mahal was the reason I came to Jaipur, I've seen pictures of it in my Top 100 Wonders of the World coffee book where it looks fantastic. In person, it does look incredible too but it's fairly tiny, and is located on a busy street. Most of my pictures of it include hobos sleeping right under the facade. Still a beautiful site, but you won't be blown away by it. Not sure how this made it into the Top 100 Wonders and the Amer Fort , also in Jaipur, did not.

Keep in mind, I did not go inside so I do not know the specifics of price/details. However, i DID go upstairs across the street to a shopkeepers rooftop who insisted we come in afterwards (naturally). If someone lets you up stairs, you can just throw them the ten-rupee deal as always in India.
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