Hawa Mahal(Hava Mahal), a classical monument that reciprocate a fresh feeling within the minds of the onlookers. This historical monument was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1799. Maharaja Jai Singh had a specific purpose behind constructing this multilayered edifice.
The main purpose was that royal females, who used to follow stringent purdah system, could easily see the ceremonial processions on the streets. For this specific purpose, the building was designed in such a manner that it had 900 peepholes. Hawa Mahal is an exotic cenotaph in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan and one can also cover this edifice within the famous package Golden triangle. This much popular historical place is one great attraction that tourists seldom miss.
Lal Chand Usta, the vibrant designer, was responsible for making a unique monument -Hawa Mahal. He dedicated Hawa Mahal to Lord Krishna and Radha.
The five storeyed facade entrusted with the elegant trellis work on the windows and small balconies with around 900 niches. The upper floor is reached through a raised ramp rather than stairs a device to facilitate movement by palanaquins carried out by servants. The beautifully carved doors opens into the majestic courtyard. The courtyard has a double story building on the three sides. There is a small archeological museum here. Only the eastern wing has three more storeys above, which are just a single room thick. The building, standing on a high podium, is a fifty-foot high thin shield, less than a foot in thickness, with small intimate chambers, which give this historical place its unique facade.
Best time to visit Hawa Mahal:
The best time to view Hawa Mahal is during sunrise when sunlight through the latticed peepholes falls across and gives it a unique glow.