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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built by the poet King Sawai Pratap Singh. Though, it is a part of the City Palace, it is situated on the other side of the road. It is the delicate façade that can be seen from outside of this palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaipurwhich is the most notable. The five-storeyed building flaunts Rajput architecture and artistry to its best including its 953 pink sandstone windows known as 'jharokhas' that are built in such as manner that it resembles a giant honeycomb.

Falling under the Golden Triangle, and being visited by millions of domestic and foreign tourists, the city of Jaipur is a place of high tourist interest. The Pink City, as commonly known, has all sorts of amenities for domestic and foreign tourists. Hotels ranging from 5 star to low budgets are available. The city is linked by Rail, Road, and Air and attracts high traffic in winters.

Meant for the ladies of the royal household, the building was built to allow them to watch the colorful bazaars and processions going across the city while maintaining their tradition of being veiled and not to be seen from outside. The fantastic views from the latticed windows are a pleasure to behold. One can also see a small archaeological museum here.

This pyramid-shaped structure is made up of small casements, each with tiny windows and arched roofs with hanging cornices, exquisitely modeled and carved. Its facade makes Hawa Mahal look more like a screen than a palace. It is a fifty-foot high thin shield, less than a foot in thickness.

Lal Chand Usta – designer of Hawa Mahal had dedicated it to Lord Krishna and Radha but its fanciful structure appealed to the Maharaja who found it ideal for the seraglio. Sawai Pratap Singh was also a great devotee of Lord Krishna. Its intricate exterior wall looks like a mukut (crown), adorning Lord Krishna's head. This was built at a time when royal ladies observed very strict purdah system (covering the faces). This interesting palace, with its screened balconies, provided the ladies of royal household an opportunity to watch processions and other activities on the streets below without being observed themselves. The Hawa Mahal lives up to its name, when, as you climb up to the balconies, you are almost swept away by the cool breeze. It is visited by millions of domestic and foreign tourists and is a place of high tourist interest.

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