From the garden, I went to my next destination which was the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Profoundly known as the Palace belonging to the Winds, as is evident from the
name, I knew that this place stands amongst the most popular attractions for tourists. On reaching the Mahal, I came to know that it was built by the great ruler Sawai Pratap Singh from the
Kachhwaha dynasty of Rajputs. The ruler was the grandson of another great king known by the name of Sawai Jai Singh, the man who holds the credit for constructing Jaipur as a city.
I also learnt that this Mahal came into existence in the year 1799 thanks to the efforts of Lal Chand Ustad who is known to be the chief creator of the beautiful pink and red palace. According to
history experts, the architect took into consideration the design of Lord Krishna’s crown while building the palace. I have visited many huge structures representing the richness of Rajput’s architecture and the Hawa
Mahal is undoubtedly one of the best.
The pyramid shape combined with the 953 Jharokhas or windows designed with extremely delicate and intriguing decorations form the main attraction of this Wind Palace. It is known to all that
women, unlike in today’s world, were never allowed to roam freely in the public and enjoy everyday life. I came to know that the Hawa Mahal was built with an intention of giving that facility to
women to some extent. The large number of windows was constructed with an aim of giving the women residing in the palace the opportunity to have a look at the everyday life since they were not
permitted to appear in public. The screened balconies are also testimony to this fact.
On entering the beautiful Mahal, I also came to know about its massiveness with a height of nearly 50 feet above the base. However, the walls are not so thick and the structure relies on a sleek
podium or shield as the base. I entered through the door to find a huge courtyard with buildings on most of the sides. I was left in amazement after coming out of the Palace.