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6 Super Interesting Facts About Hawa Mahal In Jaipur. The 5th Point Is Killer!

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Hawa Mahal also known as the 'Palace Of Winds'. Here are some lesser-known facts about the palace.

6 Super Interesting Facts About Hawa Mahal In Jaipur. The 5th Point Is Killer!:

  1. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

1. The Name Hawa Mahal Means 'Palace Of Winds'

The Name Hawa Mahal Means 'Palace Of Winds'source: flickr - Ankit Agarwal

Hawa Mahal is known so because it unique five-storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas through which the breeze flows in and keeps the palace cool.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rizwanuddin Rafiq from Bhopal shares, “A freak addition to Rajasthan's rich Architectural glossary, the imaginary Hawa Mahal or Palace Of winds was built in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh. Its ornate pink Facade has become an Icon for the city. The Tiered Dreamy-like composition of projecting windows and Balconies with a broach screens is five storeys high but just one room deep, its walls more thick. Especially built for Royal Ladies to observe the lively street scenes. Dedicated to the Lord Krishna as it looks like a crown that often spruce the God's Head.”

2. Hawa Mahal Was Designed By Lal Chand Ustad

Hawa Mahal Was Designed By Lal Chand Ustadsource: flickr - Arian Zwegers

Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vandita Kapoor from Delhi shares, “City with the name of Pink City, here are lots of things to visit and one is Hawa Mahal one of best mahal I have ever seen in my life. Here I came to know the history of our country, Hawal Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.”

3. The Hawa Mahal Was Built So That Royal Ladies Can Observe Everyday Street Life Without Been Seen

The Hawa Mahal Was Built So That Royal Ladies Can Observe Everyday Street Life Without Been Seensource: flickr - Travis Wise

The original intention of the palace was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey strict 'purdah'.

HolidayIQ Traveller Shalini Tiwari from Bangalore shares, “Hawa Mahal is an open area behind a wall which was basically meant for the ladies in the palace to see the activities going on in the city. The wall contains many small windows with colorful glasses and netted windows so that they can look without themselves being visible to the city. The place is definitely worth a visit. Click photographs and lose yourself in the beauty of this place. Please don't miss the front view of the wall, chances are that local transport will take you to the back side. Have a happy stay.”

4. The Architecture Exhibits A Unique Combination Of Mughal And Rajput Styles

The Architecture Exhibits A Unique Combination Of Mughal And Rajput Stylessource: arohabahuguna.wordpress.com

Hawa Mahal is a cultural and architectural heritage,a true reflection of a fusion of Hindu Rajput architecture and the Islamic  Mughal architecture; the Rajput style is seen in the form of domed canopies, fluted pillars, lotus and floral patterns, and the Islamic style as evident in its stone inlay filigree work and arches.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rajeev Gupta from Kolkata shares, “The architecture of this place is beautiful. The place is well maintained and clean. It gives wonderful view of the Jaipur city from the top. Amazing palace and must watch if you are visiting Jaipur. It does not take much of time to cover this place and is near to the City Palace so you can club these two together.”

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5. Hawa Mahal Is The Tallest Building In The World Without A Foundation

Hawa Mahal Is The Tallest Building In The World Without A Foundationsource: inditrip.in

Hawa Mahal has 5 storeys and because of the lack of a solid foundations the palace is curved and leaning at an angle of 87 degree. Still the palace stands upright because of the pyramidal shape.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhi Senghania from Bilaspur shares, “Hawa Mahal is one of the best iconic building in India superb architecture and structure. Over all shape is made by pink sandstone & small window or designed with white highlighted balconies. Amazing view, fresh air best place to take pictures. It was a historical place situated in Jaipur my experience is good.”

6. The Jaali Work Of Hawa Mahal Windows Is Similar To The Honeycomb Of A Beehive

The Jaali Work Of Hawa Mahal Windows Is Similar To The Honeycomb Of A Beehivesource: flickr - Nico Crisafulli

Akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The lattice also allows cool air from the Venturi effect (doctor breeze) through the intricate pattern, air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nittin Raj from New Delhi shares, “As the name suggests, Hawa Mahal must be seen to see how our queens used this place to take fresh air without being seen by anyone. This is architectural marvel and must be visited by all students and history lovers.”

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