Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. The top offers stunning views over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace one way, and over Siredeori Bazaar the other. Entry to the Hawa Mahal is not from the front but from a side road to the rear end. Facing the Hawa Mahal, turning right and again to the first right, leads to an archway entry and then to the rear side of the building.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India +91 141 261 8862