Travel Rajasthan : Hawamahal, The icon of Jaipur

Hawamahal, Jaipur : The tourist spot


Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in India and the icon of Jaipur is Hawamahal. Jaipur is also known as Pink City, being all the buildings inside the walled city are actually pink. Europeans call Jaipur Paris of India. However, we know that Jaipur was built before Paris and it will be better to call Paris Jaipur of France.

Jaipur is situated in the Golden triangle of Indian tourist map along with National capital Delhi and Taj fame Agra. Jaipur is a famous tourist place that attracts millions of indigenous and overseas tourists. The International airport in the pink city facilitates foreign tourists.

Jaipur is the favorite destination for American, Australian and European tourists. Large numbers of travelers come from European countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, England, Germany etc besides American tourists.

Tourists visiting national capital Delhi and Tajmahal (Number one among seven wonders of the world) in Agra normally visits Jaipur. Hawamahal, icon of Jaipur remains the most attractive place for all these tourists and travelers.


Entering Hawamahal

Entrance, Hawamahal
Entrance, Hawamahal
Central View, Chowk  Inside
Central View, Chowk Inside
Side view, Chowk Inside
Side view, Chowk Inside
Central View, Chowk,Enlarged
Central View, Chowk,Enlarged

Hawamahal in Jaipur, The Wind Palace

Hawamahal, the icon of Jaipur


Hawamahal is the center of attraction for the tourists visiting Jaipur. 'Hawa' means air or the wind in Hindi language and 'Mahal' means the palace. Hence, the word Hawamahal refers to "The wind palace".

Hawamahal, the icon of Jaipur is an example of the superb architecture of medieval age. It is specially designed for hot and dry weather of Jaipur. A cool breeze flows continuously inside the palace instead of hot weather. It becomes possible because of its special design.

Indian architects built marvel structures considering the local environment. In some way, they were Masters of weather. Those architects could calculate all positive negative effects of weather on a monument or building. That's why they could build such environment-friendly structures likes of Hawamahal and Jalmahal.

The architectural design is based on certain scientific principles. Hot wind becomes cool when contracted. Hawamahal has hundreds of small sized windows. Hot wind compressed while entering through the small sized windows and becomes cool. Hence, air enters into the palace is always cool irrespective of the weather.

Hawamahal is situated near the City palace, the main residential palace of Jaipur Royal family. The Royal family of Jaipur used to come and live in Hawamahal during the summer season and hot summer days.

There was a famous program of music broadcast through radio named Hawamahal. This shows the popularity of this palace.

Ground to first floor

Water reservoir in the chowk
Water reservoir in the chowk
Colored glasses to allow light in ground floor
Colored glasses to allow light in ground floor
Slope to first floor
Slope to first floor
Gates in the veranda, first floor
Gates in the veranda, first floor

Inside Hawamahal: Step by step


Jaipur is among top destinations for tour and travel. Hawamahal is the icon of Jaipur. Hence tons of material available on the web about the same. There is no use of repeating the similar material in this hub.

Unfortunately, almost nothing is available for the inside view of Hawamahal. My son has taken a tour inside the palace and photographed the entire monument. He has taken photographs of each and every place inside. I am posting some of those 96 pictures here. You can take a tour starting from the main gate of Hawamahal to the inner core of the Wind Palace.

I dedicate this hub to Darshan Kothari, my son. He can celebrate his efforts if you like it.

N.B. Photographs of ground and the first floor is shown in this hub. I will be showing more photograph of Hawamahal in the next part of the hub. This will cover the second and third floor of Hawamahal, the icon of Jaipur.

Please do not forget to visit the next hub. Please feel free to comment and share this article.

Hawamahal, the first floor

Beautiful wooden gate
Beautiful wooden gate
Toran above the entrance
Toran above the entrance
Red stone Toran
Red stone Toran
Canon kept in ground and photographed from the first floor
Canon kept in ground and photographed from the first floor

Hawamahal, the architecture

Profile view First floor, Hawamahal
Profile view First floor, Hawamahal
Small windows, side view
Small windows, side view
Typical Rajasthani window with net             "Jharokha"
Typical Rajasthani window with net "Jharokha"

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JYOTI KOTHARI 4 years ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks for your comment.


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lex123 4 years ago

I have never been able to visit Jaipur, the popular Pink City. Hope one day I will be able to.

Thanks for taking us around Hawamahal through your beautiful photos, and descriptions.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 4 years ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks for commenting.


Mohammad Umer Khan 4 years ago

Assalam-O-Aalaikum,

Hello,

Hi,

ALL Pictures are very very brilliant,awesome and nice(captured) photography..


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JYOTI KOTHARI 4 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Lisa42,

You are welcome in the Pink city.


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lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

I visited Jaipur about 20 years ago and had a wonderful time. I'd love to go again!


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tsarnaudova 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

You included fine pictures, Jyoti, they really show details of your specific Indian architecture. I haven't visited India but this hub made me feel a bit of its unique beauty!


Kamal  5 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

Hawamahal is really an explicit example of Rajput architecture. It has some touch of Mogul school too. Thanks for a nice hub. Thanks to your son Darshan Kothari for beautiful photographs.

I rated his article beautiful and awesome.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 5 years ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks for comment. Its architecture is extraordinary.


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prasadjain 6 years ago from Tumkur

I have visited Hawamahal thrice. Without a guide visiting this palace is useless. Tourism depr of Rajasthan has not prepared even brochures to show the design and specialities of this building.unless its architecural speciality is explained, this appears 'not so special' construction, when compared to Ummaid mahal palace in Jodhpur or city palace in Jaipur, or umer fort palace.But its extrordinariness should be understood and appreciated.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Ojasvi,

Hawamahal is not only a monument but it has a beautiful architecture. jaipur is proud of Hawamahal. Hundreds thousands of tourists visit Jaipur and watch hawamahal every year.

Thanks for your comments,

Jyoti Kothari


Oajasvi Sharma 6 years ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this is really fantastic.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Jennie,

Best time to visit Jaipur: October to February. The season has just over. Jaipur will experience hot climate with in few days and scorching heat from the next month.

Thanks for comment.

Jyoti kothari


Jennie 6 years ago

Awesome pix!

That place is looking beautiful in these images.

It’s worth to explore Hawa Mahal for every tourist.

Just planning to visit pink city on my next holiday trip to India with the help of http://www.southalltravel.co.uk

Well, what will be the best time to visit Jaipur?


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Bonny2010,

Thanks for visiting this hub. I am glad to know that you have enjoyed this hub.

Jyoti Kothari


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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

wow - more great photos - thank you I really enjoyed looking at these


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi jacob,

Welcome. Visit Jaipur again. It has changed a lot. You will see Jaipur like an updated site.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Thanks for the hub and pictures. It remind me of my visit of Jaipur few years back.

I love Pink city.

Keep posting


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi ccchhh and HP,

Thanks both of you for your comment and compliment for these photographs.

Jyoti Kothari


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Nice to see Hawamahal:


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ccchhh 6 years ago from NOIDA

i like about all the photoc you insert in this one


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Andromida,

You have told me that you have studied in Jaipur as a foreign student. It is nice that you have visited the wind palace, Hawamahal.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Douches,

Thanks for your comment. This is really beautiful and an example of architecture.

Jyoti Kothari


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andromida 6 years ago

I have visited this palace-truly an iconic structural figure.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Beautiful!

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