Hawa Mahal loosely translates to “Palace of the Winds.” Its pink façade—designed to resemble Lord Krishna’s crown and made up almost entirely of elaborate windows—is an iconic sight of Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan.
This street view, though most recognizable, is actually the back of the building.
Its architecture of narrow corridors along with intricate lattice work create a cool breeze—quite the relief with the >100°F temperatures. It originally served as a “screen” behind which royal ladies could watch the streets without being seen as they were not allowed in public.
We were lucky to see a snake charmer on the street below. By the time we left Hawa Mahal, he had gone, but were able to see some of his instrument-playing and the his 2 cobras, flaring their hoods.
We also felt the temperature difference in the narrow room/halls when compared to the other areas. The narrow halls and honeycomb design of the stone lattices create a strong breeze, which honestly feels like there’s a fan running somewhere!
After our visit to Hawa Mahal, we had a feast at LMB, a well-established hotel that serves traditional Rajasthani thalis (set lunch).
Here’s our server’s quick description on which dish is which.
I had a hard time deciphering it, but it was all delicious. The Batis in particular were fun (the balls in the lower left). They were savory, and tasted like a buttery biscuit. We also really found we liked the 3 desserts: 2 were flours mixed with sugar and we were surprised by how much we liked such a simple dish!
I was so full by the end, it was difficult to breath (even though it looked like I hardly touched my meal). Can you believe that this is an all-you-can-eat meal? Unlimited portions—as if you can get through the first round!
The menu was absolutely right, it was an unforgettable experience. 😀