Bharat Virasat-Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Historical Monuments. Palaces

About

The structure was built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is inspired by the unique structure of Khetri Mahal. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Its five-floor exterior is akin to a honeycomb. The top three floors of the structure have the width of a single room, while the first and second floors have patios in front of them. It has 953 small windows called Jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen. This architectural feature also allowed cool air to pass through the building. The structure has stone-carved screens, small casements, and arched roofs along with delicately modelled hanging cornices. The stained glass panes in the windows create a colourful pattern inside the chambers when the sunlight streams in.

Hawa Mahal is a facade, with very little depth. It is a part of a huge palace complex which includes the residential quarters and offices for the royal household. The inner side of the facade has chambers built with pillars and corridors with minimal ornamentation.

Constructed in:

18th century CE

Height:

15 m

Nearby

Jal Mahal

(3.79 kms)

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Chand Baori

(77.8 kms)

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