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.
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.
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.
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.