Hawa Mahal

From: India Travel GuideGolden Triangle

See also: City Palace

Hawa Mahal, India
The Hawa Mahal palace is one of the most visually well known buildings in Jaipur and was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

Hawa Mahal means "Palace of Winds" and was designed by Lal Chand Usta to look like the shape of the Hindu god, Lord Krishna's crown. There are five floors that are made out of pink and red sandstone and a superb facade which has several enclosed balconies that offer privacy through several very small windows that were built in a lattice effect.

The building was designed for the ladies of the palace who for reasons of personal dignity would not have wanted to be seen in public. Through the palaces tiny windows the ladies were able to safely view the activities going on outside without themselves being seen.

The interior of the building now houses a museum which contains many superb artefacts from Jaipur's history, such as an excellent collection of ancient manuscripts, weapons, photographs, coins and works of art.

Attraction Location Guide
Hawa Mahal is located in the city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan and forms part of City Palace.