As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
The Hawa Mahal is synonymous with Jaipur and the historical Rajasthan monuments. The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur is a five stories, pyramidal structure full of small windows, semi-octagonal in shape, 953 in number, and covered with latticed screens. It is the perfect example of delicate design and supremely solid construction.
The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur is a part of the City Palace complex and was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. Seen from the outside, the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur looks like a delicate honeycomb of windows and screens. As can be imagined this gives the rooms an air condition like effect and it truly is an architectural marvel.
Designed in 1799 by Lal Chand Ustad, the palace boasts of motif's and borders that have been painted with quick lime. This pyramidal structure is a mixture of pink and red stones, and its elaborately carved balconies are a sight to behold.
The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur reminds visitors of a glorious age, when architectural designs were at their finest. Looking up at the various windows, of this palace, you have a feeling that there are women looking down at you. After all this is also one of the reasons why the palace had windows with latticed screens – To unable royal women to look unobserved at the activities of the bustling city, down below!