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Hawa Mahal


Hawa Mahal is perhaps the most recognizable landmark in Jaipur. It is also famous throughout the world as the Palace of Wind.

 

Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 AD, Hawa Mahal was actually an extension of the ladies chamber of the City Palace. The beautiful structure is made of red and pink sandstone and the outlines are of white border. Motif's are beautiful in design.

 

The monument provides a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur. The inside of the building is simple and lacks ornamentation. The building is five storied, pyramid shaped structure and is made up of 953 casements.

 

The openings in windows look almost like peep holes and it is specially designed for the women folks of the palace to watch the goings on out side without being seen by the people. Each casement has a tiny lattice worked (Jali) pink window, small balconies and curved roofs with hanging cornices. The windows are delicately sculptured and carved.

 

The entrance to the Hawa Mahal is through the City Palace and there is an imposing gateway that opens into the courtyard. The Hawa Mahal, true to its name is amazingly windy. As you step on the balconies you will surely have a feeling of being swept away. Here you will find an archeological museum that will provide you with the glimpse of the art and craft of the place.



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