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Palace of the Winds

  • Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Last updated: 07 April, 2024

The intricate lattice-screened and salmon-pink facade of the Hawa Mahal, or the ‘Palace of Winds’, is probably the most iconic image of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital.

Constructed in 1799 as an extension of the maharaja’s City Palace, it was designed to permit ladies of the royal court to see the comings and goings of the outside world without themselves being seen by strangers. This tradition of purdah – essentially female seclusion – was strictly observed by the royals.

Its hundreds of tiny arched windows and niches with decorative dome-like mouldings and balcony-like brackets are rather fetching. The entire mahal is reputedly shaped like the god Krishna’s crown. Surprisingly, there’s not much to see behind the facade.

 

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Price from: £1
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Hawa Mahal is in the centre of Jaipur, just around the corner from City Palace and next to Badi Chaupar metro station.

Many visitors content themselves with a (free) look at the facade from the public road it overlooks. Iconic though it is, the Hawa Mahal is really just about its remarkable facade.

However, you can visit the interior and, just as the courtly ladies once did, gaze out through its diminutive windows and screens. Buy tickets on the spot; access is via a small lane off Tripolia Bazar.

When to do it

The Palace is open all year round, seven days a week. It’s worth noting that as the building faces east, you’ll want to be there in the morning – the earlier the better – to catch the best sun-lit pictures of its photogenic facade.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Discover the enchanting city of Jaipur on a personalized 8-hour private tour. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and heritage sites of Jaipur. From majestic palaces to ancient temples, this city has a lot to offer those seeking an authentic experience. We will take you on a journey through some of the must-see places that showcase the vibrant history and traditions of Jaipur. You will be picked up at 8:30 a.m. from your hotel by your driver and guide to experience an 8-hour private tour of Jaipur. The tour takes you to the outskirts of Jaipur where you can visit Jaipur Fort, the Jal Mahal (Water Palace), the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory), the Old and New Parts of Jaipur. Afterwards, spend an afternoon shopping in Jaipur where you'll find some of the most precious gemstones, silver jewelry, bangles, clothing, Blu pottery, and textiles.

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• Pick up at 9 am from your hotel, to enjoy a mesmerising day of Pink City sightseening on this guided tour of Jaipur. Visit a variety of historical monuments and landmarks covering the Amber Fort, Water Palace, Wind Palace, The City Palace and many more. This 8 hours tour includes transportation, Indian buffet lunch and admission to all listed monuments.

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