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Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)
Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)

Hawa Mahal Tripolia Bazaar Road, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, India

The Basics

With unusual Rajput architecture often likened to a honeycomb, this structure was artistically built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh as a safe place for royal ladies to watch street scenes unfold without being seen (in those days, royal women were traditionally kept out of the public eye). It’s called palace of winds because of its layout, which allows air to circulate throughout the complex, keeping temperatures cool.

Most group and private tours of Jaipur (including half-day and full-day tours, plus Golden Triangle tours that visit Jaipur and Agra) stop outside for photo opportunities, and a few include tours of the simpler interior, where there are a small museum and unparalleled views from the top. Composite tickets that allow access to a number of sights—including Amber (Amer) Fort, Albert Hall, Nahargarh Fort, and the Jantar Mantar—are available at the ticket counter.

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2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
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$224.03 per adult
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My driver was lovely, my guide was...
My driver was lovely, my guide was delightful, the trip was exhilarating, the hotel and food were perfect, only problem, my visit was too short, just love India
Anne-Marie M, Sep 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Jaipur

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This tour is the perfect combo to...
xiomararodriguez.13, Apr 2018
Jaipur Full Day City Tour visit Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort & City Palace
This tour is the perfect combo to get to know the pink city of Jaipur! Our tour guide, Ashok Sharma, was very informative and keen. Always attentive to what we wanted or needed. He explained everything we needed to know about Jaipur, its history, culture and more. I utterly recommend it!
star-4
love it! everything was great, food...
Jimena d, Apr 2016
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
love it! everything was great, food, accommodations the tour was very well organized the only thing I didn't like is that felt I was lure into stores by my tour guide everywhere I went with the pretence that they will show me the process of making things.
star-5
This was a great excursion. The...
Trevor K, Feb 2017
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
This was a great excursion. The timing of the trip was perfect. Mr Sharma, our driver, was absolutely fantastic. We felt very safe despite the chaos that is the ebb and flow to the daily traffic. We were picked up at our hotel and dropped off at the airport very timely so there was no stress in our schedule. Jaipur is a treasure, at least through the eyes of Mr Satish. What a treasure of information and science, along with humor. Our tour guide met us in Jaipur and proceeded to rapture us with the history and the architecture that made up the Palace of Winds, City Palace, Jai Mahal Water Palace, Birla Temple, and Amber Fort. Mr. Satish imparted the wonders of the whitewash recipe that has maintained the sheen and color all these centuries, as well as explained the history of the Kings and what they brought to the country, As a special treat we added the Jantar Mantar to our excursion and are thrilled we did. This is a equinoctial sundials that is accurate to 2 secs and built in 1724 timeframe. I am still in awe of this site. The Hotel in Jairpur, Hotel Suryaar, was perfect. Comfortable, clean, and secure. It was an oasis down a side street close to all the attractions in the area Overall, it was a fantastic two days. My only complaint is we did not have more time....but that was our doing not the tour company.
star-5
highly informative, interesting and minimal stress
Shawna, Mar 2020
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Our driver (Mr. Ajit) was very knowledgeable about the local areas we visited and shared with us lots of information about India, Hinduism and his family during the long drive between Delhi and Jaipur, making the trip very enjoyable. Our guide during our time in Jaipur was great at explaining history during our visit to monuments. The private tour made everything easy with all our meals, accommodation and entry tickets taken care of. The hotel booked through the tour company had a great atmosphere and our included meals were great (and they were able to meet dietary requirements we had)
star-4
Driver was great and knowledgeable, and...
Matthew P, Aug 2016
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Driver was great and knowledgeable, and our guide had many insights. Worth going on.
star-4
It was so nice !...Great driver, tour...
Atputhanathan G T, Jan 2014
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
It was so nice !...Great driver, tour guide and hotel. I enjoyed every minute of it !
star-4
Jaipur fantastic, guide and driver...
Bruce W, Mar 2014
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Jaipur fantastic, guide and driver excellent. Hotel was "unusual" but quite acceptable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal) is a must for all first-time visitors to Jaipur.

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen—the sun can be powerful.

  • Comfortable shoes are a must, as there are lots of ramps to climb if you want to visit different sections and floors of the palace.

  • Bathrooms are located just outside of the complex, before the ticket gate.

  • The Hawa Mahal is not accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal) is situated in Jaipur’s Pink City, near Tripolia Gate and due north of Badi Chaupar. It’s a few minutes’ walk from here to both the City Palace (the official residence of the royal family) and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Driving, Amber Fort (Amer Fort) is about 30 minutes away.

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When to Get There

This popular tourist spot is open 9am to 4:30pm daily; the museum is closed Friday and Saturday. If you’re visiting the palace interior during the hotter months of the year (approximately April through October), come early in the day, when temperatures are lower and gentle sunlight streams into the rooms through the hundreds of windows.

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Why Pink?

Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of its salmon-hued walls and edifices located in the old part of town. The city center was first painted this hue to impress Prince Albert, who visited India in 1876. The color stuck, so to speak, and to this day local businesses and residences within the walled part of town are required to retain the color.

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