Hawa Mahal is among the most clicked Rajasthan forts and palaces. Its iconic honeycomb-structured windows totally steal the show. It was built in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The windows, or jharokhas, in its facade were built for the queens and princesses so that they could enjoy looking at the hustle and bustle around the palace, without being seen.

Today, the palace is in the market area (Sireh Deori) where you can buy colorful trinkets, handlooms and everything that reminds of Rajasthani artistry.

Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city. The top offers stunning views over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace in one direction and over Sireh Deori Bazaar in the other.

There’s a small museum (open Saturday to Thursday), with miniature paintings and some rich relics, such as ceremonial armour, which help evoke the royal past.

Claustrophobes should be aware that the narrow corridors can sometimes get extremely cramped and crowded inside the Hawa Mahal.

Entrance is from the back of the complex. To get here, return to the intersection on your left as you face the Hawa Mahal, turn right and then take the first right again through an archway. Shopkeepers can show you another way – past their shops!

Entry fee:

 INR 50 per head (Indians) | INR 200 per head (Foreigners)

Timings:

 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

How to Reach: 

The city of Jaipur is well-connected with other Indian cities by air, rail and road and also with some international cities by air. The Jaipur International Airport is situated at Sanganer, a southern suburb at a distance of 13 kilometres from Jaipur

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