Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

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About Hawa Mahal (Palace)

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 4.00 PM

Hawa Mahal, built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, was designed by Lalchand Usta. It is a five-storey structure that has more than 950 windows. The latticework was built for allowing women to watch everyday life of the city. Hawa Mahal is situated near the Johari Bazaar and provides a beautiful view of the entire Pink City.

Housing an archaeological museum, the entire structure was built with red and pink sandstone. This museum is connected with the nearby women section, which is known as 'zenana'.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Parth Sabharwal

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  • Parth Sabharwal
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 346 Reviews
  •  332 helpful votes
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"Mahala with 953 windows" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
This Mahala was built by maharaja savoy singh of Jaipur, it was built with pink and red stonemud, this Mahala have 953 windows, these windows were used to see outside activities by the then women from inside.
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"Glorious, megnifician, beautifully carved windows"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2017
Hwa Mahal, the palace of wind, worth to see,
Magnificent architecture, beautifully decorated windows, you can feel the proud on the architect dovelopment in ancient india, most glorious site I have ever seen.
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Saranya Devanathan

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"How thoughtful about women's needs"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2017
This is the first time, I saw hawa Mahala from inside in detail. Otherwise after sight seeing there is no time and energy that we see it from road outside and click photos of Hawa Mahala.
It was very thoughtful of those rulers to think of giving some vent to the women folk - not only to get wind but also to see the busy street in front without being seen. Those multiple windows at 5 different levels facing the street and few windows facing the side trees are very artistically designed. Apart from stairs there is a ramp for climbing up and down. Very nice for senior citizens. I saw such ramp in Spain - Seville mosque made into church. That ramp is for the mule to take moulvi for prayer call. Namaz. Jaipuri trellises are very photogenic. Few colorful glasses are an eye sore in these pink trellises.
It is very nice to see around with foreigners and newly weds posing for photos all over the Mahala.
The puppeteers have put up a small tent inside the Mahala. The woman plays on drums and sings. The man operates the puppets. They do sell some puppets for pittance of Rs. 100 -200.
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Vikash Agarwal

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Beautiful historical fort"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2017
This is one of the famous place to visit in Rajasthan. Fort is very well maintained. Fort is in Old Jaipur city. There are lots of windows in this fort.
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Muskan bamnia

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"A wall of Fame standing alone speaking thousand stories!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Must carry goggles, cap as Jaipur is still hot.
Dehydrate yourself enough.
Enjoy the local food if you are foodie. I bet you would love the hospitality & the food.
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Mona ittina thejaswi

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"Your 'jharoka' to a colorful Jaipur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2017
Hawa Mahala is exactly like its name- breezy and oh yes, it springs on you out of thin air. Located in the bustling old city area, you would never think that this beautiful structure exists in all that chaos. The facade is so breathtaking that you will, for a moment, lose sight and sense of all of the world that is coming at you from every direction.
Walk past and enter the Mahala and you are in a dizzying maze of stairs, open spaces, jharokas or windows and lots and lots of stained glass. The colored windows and glass decorations are a great spot for some artistic photography. Nothing better to send your social media on a tizzy tailspin.
Your run of the mill travelogues or guides would say that Hawa Mahala is one of the must do. Listen to them. It is a must do. Don't miss it or it's simplistic grandeur.
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Devendra murkar

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"Hawa Mahal- A Natural Air Conditioner"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2017
You need a mind full of appreciation for the planners and creators of this place. The kings in those days were respecting women and were taking good care of them if exemplified thorough this lovey Mahala.
Our guide Mr. Sharma was very hospitable, polite and fully appreciative of Rajasthan Govt for taking care of this monument.
I was surprised to observe that there were no means for CASHLESS transactions at the Govt monitored site !!!
A wonderful site to enjoy cool breeze during noon of summer !!
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Tarang nigam

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"Hawa Mahala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2017
The main reason behind the making of Hawa Mahala was to felicitate Rajput women who were not allowed to appear in public places. GREAT PLACE AND GREAT LANDMARK IN THE VIBES OF THE CITY WHICH ATTRACTS TOURIST ALL OVER THE WORLD
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"Good place to visit located in city centre"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2017
Nominal entry fee 50rs. Camera fee also to be paid. Discount for students available. Only rs 5 entry fee for students if shown their school id card. Foolish people are asking for id card for 12-13 years children for discount. They can't judge that such small children are school going only. Batter .. Keep id card. Nice place for photography.
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Na

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"Great place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 1, 2017
Very beautiful place Hawa Mahal (English translation: "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze") is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women's chambers.
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