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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
Excellent in every way. Driver...
KAREN M, Mar 2016
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Excellent in every way. Driver was on-time and courteous. Had a bottle of water for each ready in the car. We were 2 ladies, so were relieved to find such a professional driver, and very knowledgable guide. Sanjay knew all the little things like the perfect time of day for a particular photo, and the best time to get to the fort for the elephant ride. I can not fault this tour experience - I will take it again in future, as there is so much to see!
star-4
The guide was excellent ad the...
Urs-Peter H, Mar 2015
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
The guide was excellent ad the driver very skilful. The hotel was not good as the promised three separate beds were not provided and the dining room did not know that the food was already paid.
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Our tour guide Rinkoo was amazing...
Patrick, Jan 2015
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Our tour guide Rinkoo was amazing. He was very enthusiastic and his tours and history lectures were very easy to understand. He is highly recommended and this tour was phenomenal!
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Wonderful and relaxing tour.Since we...
Raja Mohan N, Dec 2014
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Wonderful and relaxing tour.Since we stayed overnight in Jaipur , it was easy going to complete the tour at ease.The City palace , Hawa Mahal in the lake , Hawa Mahal in the town were wonderful. The trip to Amber Fort was marvelous and new experiencing riding on the top of elephant.
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This was a really great way to see...
Robert W, May 2013
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
This was a really great way to see Jaipur! It's a long drive but well worth it. I stayed at the Peppermint hotel, really great, Sunjay my guide was so knowledgable on the history! The palace and amber fort were fantastic. I wish I had another day to explore. Thank you
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Great tour. The highlight is the...
Wanley D, Feb 2013
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Great tour. The highlight is the elephant ride. Be careful with the guide, the ride is included, ours insisted it wasn't and I paid for it. When I notified Viator, they inmidiately refunded the cost.
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Well it's a long drive no way around...
Michael P, Feb 2013
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Well it's a long drive no way around that but driver made good time and had a nice midway stop for breakfast. Tour guide and Driver were good and we had a great time. The Elephant Ride was definitely a highlight.
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Reservations over the choice of...
Mohamed A, Jan 2014
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Reservations over the choice of hotel yet everything else was SUPERB The driver was very friendly and the tour guide (compared to others I have been with) was friendly too, knowledgeable, and very professional.
star-4
A very good value! It was hard to...
John H, Dec 2012
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
A very good value! It was hard to understand my tour guide. Very nice hotel. The elephant ride was great.
star-5
Very nice trip...driver and guide...
Kathleen F, Nov 2012
2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
Very nice trip...driver and guide were excellent. Only complaint is that there was not hot water at the hotel.

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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