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Friday, 4th June 2021


Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by the Kachhwaha Rajput ruler Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. When the maharaja saw the structure of Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, he was so impressed that he decided to build a palace inspired by it. called Palacio de la Brisa, was the result of this inspiration. This five-story building was designed by Lal Chand Ustad as an extension of the City Palace. Starting from the edge of the city palace, the Hawa Mahal extends to the women's apartments, also known as the Zenana.

 At that time, the Purdah system was strictly followed and Royal Rajpur women were not allowed to show their faces to strangers or even appear in public. The palace consists of 953 windows that enabled them to see the daily activities and festivities that take place on the street below without appearing in public.


Hawa Mahal Architecture

Hawa Mahal, one of the best spots in Jaipur, has a wonderful mix of Islamic, Mughal and Rajput architectural styles; its domed canopies, floral motifs, lotus motifs, and fluted columns reflect the rich Rajput style.

The elements are filigree stone work and elaborate arches, both with influences of the Islamic architectural style. This unique palace made of red and pink sandstone has a pyramid shape. Rises to a height of 50 feet. The 953 windows that appear at the front of the palace give it a honeycomb beehive look.

Thanks to the unusual latticework of these windows, the palace experiences a cooling effect when the breeze penetrates through them. Filigree hanging cornices represent another attractive aspect of the Hawa Mahal architecture.

The interior of the palace consists of pillared chambers and minimally decorated corridors that extend to the upper floor of the first and second floor. In contrast to the lower two floors, the upper three floors are no wider than a single room. There are fountains that adorn the building's courtyard.

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