If you had any preconceived notions about how the buildings in Jaipur look, they probably came from Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze). It has all of the distinctive architectural features that appear in postcards of the city, from the salmon-pink, honeycombed facade, built to resemble the crown of Hindu god Krishna, to the geometric accents and rows of tiny windows.
The landmark was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch festivals on the street without being seen by the public. Its 953 windows allow plenty of breeze to pass through, making it an ideal summer palace.
Tourists can learn about the history of the sandstone structure at the palace’s small museum—the ceremonial armor collection is particularly interesting. You can also wander the narrow hallways that run throughout the palace. Don’t miss the colorful glasswork in windows and doorways, which cast an otherworldly glow on chambers throughout Hawal Mahal.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd., Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur