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Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

·  Summer: March-May (25°C - 47°C)
·  Winter: December-February (4°C - 30°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 04:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: 

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 10
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  INR 10
Video Camera:  INR 20
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 50
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  INR 30
Video Camera:  INR 70
Resembling the crown of Lord Krishna, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze) is a unique structure in the shape of a pyramid. The five storey structure was constructed in 1799 on the order of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and for the purpose of providing a royal dwelling place to the queens and princesses. A visually appealing structure made of red and pink sandstone, the palace appears as a bee hive honeycomb at the first sight. The most striking feature of the palace is its 953 small windows (called jharokhas) boasting of intricate latticework, grills and finials. The wind flowing in through these windows would cool the temperature during summers and hence the monument got its name.

Coloured glasses at many places allow the sunrays to enter inside, thereby forming enthralling kaleidoscopes. Courtyards, chambers, pillars and corridors are reminiscent of the golden era. The beautifully carved imperial doors of the palace have enticing magnificence. Try to visit the palace during early morning hours to watch it basking in the golden glory of the sun. Numerous monuments, palaces and other tourist attractions as well as shops selling extremely attractive handicrafts surround the palace.

Road: Located well in the city’ heart, Hawa Mahal is close to Badi Chaupad (big four square) and can be accessed through well-maintained roads. You may prefer to walk to savour the royal splendour of different structures in the area or hire a cab, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw or horse-cart.

Railway: Jaipur Junction Railway Station is just about 6 km. away from the palace. Offering good train connectivity with the whole of India, the station has taxis and auto-rickshaws as the best modes to reach the palace.

Airway: The international airport of Jaipur is not far and only about 12 km. away. To reach the palace from the airport, you can rely on taxis, auto-rickshaws and local buses.