MONUMENTS OF INDIA – HAWA MAHAL
Hawa Mahal is also called the “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”, is a palace is located in Jaipur city (India). It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh ji, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna Bhagwan, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small window called jharokha that are decorated with lattice work.
It was built of red and pink sandstone,and the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women’s chambers. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.
The Hawa Mahal palace is a five-story pyramid shaped monument. It rises to a height of 50 feet from high base. The top three floors of the structure have a dimension of one room width while the first and second floors,have patios on the rear side of the structure,it is like a honeycomb of a beehive built with small portholes.