Make your Jaipur Trip a memorable one by visiting to Hawa Mahal of Jaipur and take a closer view of stupendous architecture beauty of the Palace.
The gigantic array of innumerable windows that make the frontal look of the façade became almost the emblematic sign of Jaipur all over India and abroad. Hawa Mahal literally means Palace of Breeze that signifies its purpose as a place for the royal women to look on the street without being seen while the soft breeze passes through the windows. This gigantic façade is part of the main city palace and is located in the main business district of the city overlooking the busy city traffic and life. If you are in Jaipur you are most likely to come across this stupendous architecture and is the best place to begin your heritage tour in Jaipur.
History of Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Hawa Mahal is younger than many great heritages in Jaipur, yet in charm and its gigantic eye capturing presence it surpasses many great city relics of historical importance. This great façade with more than 900 jharokhas or netted windows that are particularly built for royal women to look outside without being seen, has been originally planned on 1727 by the Great King Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of the then princely state of Rajasthan on whose name the city of Jaipur has got its name. But it was completed in the subsequent time by his grandson Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. From many historical accounts it is known that the ruler Pratap Singh built it like a traditional Indian headgear or Mukuta for gods and kings because of his wish to dedicate this building to Lord Shiva as a sign of his devotion.
Special Tourist Attractions around Hawa Mahal Jaipur
From a distance it looks like a gigantic and hilarious headgear just as the crown of this city that changes its pink-red color with the sun setting in the west. The 953 jharokhas or windows that built this façade in its entirety are just set in stylized rows to give it an engraved look from outside. This building is particularly important as an example of fusion between two great traditions of architecture, Hindu Rajput architectural tradition and Mughal tradition. While floral and lotus patterns and dome shaped canopies are from Rajput tradition, Islamic architectural tradition made their marks in wide arches and stone inlay works that makes us remember the Panch Mahal of Fatehpur Sikri. To look at the almost golden look of Hawa Mahal in the first rays of morning sun is definitely going to make a lasting impression in your heritage tour in Jaipur.