Palace of Winds
Jaipur, The Pink City got its name after the visit of Prince Of Wales in 1853 when the whole city was painted pink to welcome him. All the monuments are fine examples of the blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture, attracting the tourists all over the world. Hawa Mahal or Palace Of Winds is surely a landmark in the vibrant city of Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal was built by Raja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Grandson of Sawai Jai Singh in year 1799.The chief architect was Lal Chand Usta who designed this unique monument. Raja Sawai Pratap Singh was a great follower of Lord Krishna so he wanted the mahal to like a crown embellishing the head of his Lord. It is supposed to be a place from where the royal ladies can watch the city life and splashy multicolored processions at the time of festivals and ceremonies while maintaining their privacy and Purda custom.
Hawa Mahal is a five storied pyramid-shaped building note for its beehive structure along with small carved jharokhas. It is located on the main road near Badi Chaupar and City Palace complex. It is made of red and pink stone beautifully painted with white color along the borders. It has carved and arched small chhatris showing the richness of vivid Rajputana architecture. Its exceptional design makes it appear as a screen with several windows. It has 953 jharokhas and balconies from where cool and fresh air can pass through signifying its name Hawa Mahal. Art and History lovers can also visit the Hawa Mahal museum as it is filled with terrific collection of antiques, weapons and worthy articles used by royal families.