The Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of Winds,” is a distinctive and iconic architectural marvel located in the heart of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, India. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is a unique structure known for its intricate lattice-work and honeycomb design. The palace is part of the larger City Palace complex and stands as a prominent symbol of Jaipur’s rich cultural and historical heritage.
The Hawa Mahal’s design is characterized by its five-story façade that resembles the crown of Lord Krishna, featuring 953 small windows, or “jharokhas,” adorned with delicate screens. These screens were designed to allow royal women to observe everyday life and festivities in the street below without being seen themselves, in adherence to the purdah system prevalent during the time.