When we say “Jaipur”, what comes to your mind? Obviously, Hawa Mahal! If you have ever bought a postcard to send to your family and friends from Jaipur, you can be rest assured Hawa Mahal would be printed on it!
Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Breeze, was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Situated at the edge of the City palace, the residence of the current royal family of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is probably the most famous monument of Jaipur.
It was crafted by Lalchand ustad, from red and pink sandstones quite like how most monuments in the pink city were, thus, landing Jaipur its nickname!
This architectural beauty is also very scientific. It was carved in a way that even during the hottest months of summer the inhabitants of Hawa Mahal would always find themselves in a cooler and breezier chamber. How was this made possible? Hawa Mahal has 953 small windows called jharokhas, graced with very complex latticework. The intent of the lattice design was to allow the royal women of the family to watch the streets below without being seen. However, the jharokhas were mathematically cut and carved in angles which would allow easy ventilation across the palace.
Hawa Mahal is literally the “coolest” palace around. It is beautiful to look at, irrespective of where you look at it from, but yes, there are some sweet spots which accentuate the marvel.
If you are into great views, there is a café opposite to this beauty, The Wind view café. For someone like me, who loves a great cup of cold coffee with a great view, this should be your all-time favorite go-to place.
Your chances of making friends from all across the globe get high in the small area of this café, because every tourist drops by here for Instagram worthy clicks. It is possible you may not find a seat at this café for hours, during the tourist-peak season. Luckily, Tattoo Café, right next to The Wind View Café, offers equally stunning views and eases the pressure of finding the right spot at the Hawa Mahal. Both these cafés are famous for their enviable views and food too, obviously.
It is recommended that you visit this place in the evening hours, when the light show headlining the beautiful Jharokhas happens.