Hawa Mahal – Recreation at the Palace of the Breeze

Hawa Mahal or the palace of Breeze is one of the most iconic tourist spots not only in Jaipur but also of India. It has been a major focus destination for international tourists over half a century now. Although the history of the Hawa Mahal dates back to around 300 years yet it became a public tourist destination only after independence before which it was a privately owned estate of the royal family.

The Hawa Mahal has a beehive of Zenana or rooms for the women and this was the primary purpose behind its construction. The Hawa Mahal is called so because of its airy structure and the cold breeze that can be felt on the higher floors of this 5 storey building. The architecture of the Hawa Mahal is a treat for the eyes and unique. This is the main reason for its popularity around the world. The palace is built in a pyramidal structure and has a total of five floors and net height of around 50 feet or 15 meters.

Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Hawa Mahal Jaipur | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Areas of the dimension of single rooms and small width form the top three floors of the Hawa Mahal in order to create the pyramidal structure. Since the main purpose of the Hawa Mahal was to provide the women of the royal family an opportunity to view the street festivals and ceremonies therefore each room has a small grill.

Hawa Mahal miniature windows
Hawa Mahal miniature windows | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

This allowed viewing the streets without being visible themselves. The lower two floors also have beautiful patios facing in front of them. The honeycomb like structure of the Hawa Mahal can be associated to the several portholes in each room of the building. Every porthole on the other hand has miniature windows and grills. The unique façade is a result of semi-octagonal bays which is unique to the architecture of the Hawa Mahal.

Interior of the Mahal
Interior of the Mahal | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The interior of the Mahal are beautiful in their own right, even though the building from the outside is entirely pink in color the inner corridors and walls are tiled with multi-colored marbles. The Hawa Mahal was by far the most beautiful architectural marvel that I have seen around the country in my small experience. I intend to come back to this beautiful building and explore its beauty and history further.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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