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Hawa Mahal: The Palace of the Winds of Jaipur

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Hawa Mahal Jaipur

Jaipur, the city of India whose buildings and walls are painted pink since 1876, the date on which Prince Albert visited this city of Rajasthan and the then Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II decided to dye all the buildings with the color that traditionally represents the hospitality. Doors, palaces and towers have their facades tinged with the pink tone that still characterizes the city today, but if among all the buildings in Jaipur one must stand out, this is the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the winds.

Visit the Hawa Mahal

Actually this place is only a facade that is part of the complex of the City Palace and that was formerly linked to the apartments of the zenana or harem. The women of the palace came to him behind their lattice windows and small windows to watch life go by without being seen by anyone. Plan your trip to Jaipur and experience the royalty onboard the Palace on Wheels India.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit and enjoy the beauty of that facade that rises next to the dusty streets of the city is early in the morning. At that moment the sun is rising in front of her and no shadow clouds the multitude of viewpoints with lattices that cover the entire palace.

The usual thing is to see it always from the street level, but just on the opposite sidewalk, between several stores, there is a narrow staircase that goes up to a terrace. The view from that point improves and you can get beautiful photos in exchange sometimes having to dedicate a few minutes to the owner of the store on which that roof is located.

Generally travelers do not access the interior of this palace, but it is possible to visit it and contemplate the city as the women of the zenana did. The access is just behind the facade, so you have to go around the block to the first street and there look for the ticket office and the door that allows the entry and climb by ramps to each of the levels of the palace.

When you go up the Hawa Mahal, floor after floor it is easy to imagine women dressed in skirts and covered with veils, laughing and enjoying the breeze in the only place in the palace that they were allowed to access to contemplate as it was the life of the city, the only place to snoop around and comment on the colors of the clothes of other free women to walk the streets; a space to watch the sellers offer their fruits, fabrics or trinkets. A place to feel that they were part of what they had at their feet but that they were forbidden to see closer than the distance from those windows.

Caution must be exercised when walking through the corridors leading to each viewpoint as the guardrail is too low and a trip can cause an accident. You also have to dodge the monkeys that have made the Palace of the Winds their home, being they who now take advantage of the latticework to contemplate what happens in the streets of the city, right under their feet.

Know more about the Palace on Wheels train cost which is based on the single and double occupancy.

Visitors Information

From Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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