If you are wondering what’s inside this paragon of beauty, then be our guest. We have already told you we have your back so we will stick with it by elaborating on this one of the top palaces and forts of Rajasthan.
1st Floor: Sharad Mandir- One that welcomes autumn
Sharad Mandir will be the very first floor that will greet you on your visit to Hawa Mahal. This floor basically sets the mood of the edifice and introduces you with the insights of how royalty would spend her time here.
There is a fountain at the very center of the courtyard circumscribed by a shallow pool. Panning through the area feels like placing the pieces of a puzzle that is very much capable of imagining the whole scenario in your head.
2nd Floor: Ratan Mandir- Bejeweled!
For landing on the second floor you need to climb up the ramp. You must be wondering, why ramps? Why not regular staircases? Well, then that’s because the royal ladies wore heavily embroidered clothes and chunky gold jewelry in the past, making it difficult for them to travel from floor to floor. So, the idea of behind building ramps was to easily carry them in wheels from one floor to another.
Let’s talk about Ratan Mandir now. This floor is as gorgeous as its name. With windows covered with different color stones, Ratan Mandir looks no less than a painting at most part of the day. The floor has a small low rise pavilion too.
3rd Floor: Vichitra Mandir- The prayer house
The meaning of this floor is actually ‘weird’. Why? Well, technically, the floor was an escape for the king from the outside world and his only connection with his deity. As a result of it, he usually preferred to stay alone with the doors shut. As much as normal it sounds today, it can be a weird thing in the past. So, the name ‘weird floor’.
There isn’t any pavilion on this floor but a spooky way to the upper floors. Believe us, if don’t like traveling through small spaces, there are chances that you might get a little claustrophobic here.
4th Floor: Prakash Mandir- the illuminated floor
If you are interested in some panoramic views of the city, then you will love Prakash Mandir. With beautiful Rajasthani chhatris sprinkled over the terrace, this floor is the perfect spot for pampering the shutterbug in you. Happy clicking!
5th Floor: Hawa Mandir- the airy paradise
As the name suggests, there is no shortage of wind and bestowing sights here at Hawa Mandir. From here you can get a good view of the City Palace and even of Nahargarh Fort. What to do here? We suggest you enjoy the scenery and be grateful for your Rajasthan trip on the Golden Triangle tour. It will be a memory that will last longer than anything else.