Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Mahal or the Palace of Winds is an architectural wonder, befitting the
appellation well with its abundance of windows that circulate tranquil
breeze and its look, that resembles more a cascading screen than a building.
Tourists visit mostly during October to February to bathe themselves in the
wallowing wind and sweep the entire Pink City (Jaipur, as it is called) at
one glance from its pristine heights.
The Genesis of the Palace of Winds
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built this magnanimous monument in 1799, as an
extension of the Zenana or the women's chambers, so that from its legion of
windows they could command an excellent view of the entire city and its
activities from their seclusion.
The structure of this regal 'veil' is truly a classic emblem of Rajput
artistry. This unrivalled piece of architecture, master-minded by Lal Chand
Usta, is a five-storey pyramid shaped palace built in red and pink sandstone
and ethnically outlined with white borders. The building is hewn with a
series of 953 casements - each with netted pink windows, small balconies,
arched roofs and exquisitely modelled hanging cornices. The royal doorway
opens to a spacious courtyard peppered with buildings and a museum.
Interestingly, there are no stairways in the palace. Do not worry, visitors
need not train themselves to be spider-man, the ramps will take you to the
upper echelons without trouble.
Visit the place at sunrise and you will be left benumbed at the
celestial aura the palace wears. We can plan for you an enthralling visit to
the Hawa Mahal along with your various sight-seeing tours in India.
Don't Miss these out
» Jantar Mantar :
An architechtural miracle built by Maharaja Jai
Singh in India's 'Pink City' - Jaipur. Within its tall walls is enclosed a
world of scientific secrets for the visitors to come and unravel.
» Laxmi Narayan Temple :
An architechtural wonder
by the Birla family - this is the counterpart of Delhi's Birla temple. This
three-domed beauty in white marble spellbinds onlookers at night.
» Jaigarh Fort :
The Jaigarh or the Fort of
Victory was built to protect the royal treasury. A walk through the
interiors and the museum will transport you ages backwards to the period of
» Amber Fort :
A magnificent must-visit tourist
destination in Rajasthan built in white marble and red sandstone and
foregrounded by the beautiful Moata Lake!
The well connected airport, Sanganer, is 15 km from the city. The rail
junction has all the major trains, including the tourist heart-throb Palace
On Wheels that starts from Delhi every Wednesday. Delhi at 262 km has
regular luxury and budget buses to Jaipur.