Located at a stone throw away from the commercial center of Pink City, Hawa Mahal is considered as the landmark of Jaipur. Known as the ‘Palace of winds”, this five story building was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This palace is decorated with 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which are adorned with intricate designs. There’s a small museum within the complex of Hawa Mahal, which houses famous items like miniature paintings and ceremonial armor.
The main reason behind the making of Hawa Mahal was to felicitate Rajput women who were not allowed to appear in public places. Through this fort all the women used to catch the glimpses of royal processions, hustles and bustles of the city. It is for the women’s benefit that the Hawa Mahal was built, complete with small windows and screened balconies. This gave the women a sense of freedom