Hawa Mahal Tours
Perhaps one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture in India, the Hawa Mahal stands at 50 feet, with a unique five-floor exterior that depicts the honeycomb of a beehive.
Known as the Palace of Winds for its jumble of windows and screened balconies, the remarkable red and pink sandstone structure sits on the edge of the Royal City Palace in Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sarai Pratap Singh, it was constructed to enable ladies of the royal household to observe the life and parades of the street below without being seen by the public. Having been a staunch devotee to Krishna, Sarai Pratap Singh designed the palace to resemble the crown of the Hindu god.
Enjoy a Hawa Mahal tour and explore the captivating architecture of one of Asia's most unique sights. There's also an onsite museum and an array of markets outside the building, ideal for a spot of souvenir shopping. Several of our India tours offer the chance to visit this famous landmark - along with other world-class destinations such as the Amber Fort and Taj Mahal.
Things to see and do at Hawa Mahal
Those who make the climb to the top of the palace are rewarded with beautiful views of the city - even more special if you're visiting at sunset.
Hawa Mahal's history
Learn more about Hawa Mahal's history at the small onsite museum. This small space is housed inside the courtyard and is home to a great collection of antiques, small paintings and articles from the royal past.
Explore the rest of the City Palace. Located in the centre of the Old City, this impressive complex is home to a variety of buildings and gardens, including an art gallery and the Chandra Mahal palace where the royal descendants still reside.
Be sure to look out for the coloured glassworks inside Hawa Mahal - the windows fill the room with various colours when the sunlight enters.
Food and Drink at Hawa Mahal
Sample Jaipur's incredible offerings: after your visit to Hawa Mahal, Rajasthan's local cuisine offers plenty of tantalising delicacies to help you refuel.
The region's signature dish is Dal Baati Churma, a combination of lentil curry, baked bread and a sweet accompaniment: perfect for refuelling after a day of sightseeing around the city.
For a bite to eat after your Hawa Mahal tour, pay a visit to Tattoo Cafe & Lounge. This trendy eatery is located opposite the palace and offers a great view from its rooftop terrace.
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