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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds or Palace of Breeze) comes out as a leading attraction of Jaipur. Built in red and pink sandstone, this palace stands known for its mind-blowing edifice. This was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The palace is shaped like a pyramid and is a five-storied building that is close to City Palace. Hawa Mahal is set with over 900 small windows adorned with latticework.


The pink sandstone windows remarkably famed as “Jharokhas” have been pieced together attractively to fit a giant honeycomb. This is a significant Mughal architectural patterns.


The Palace is designed in a manner so that the constant air circulation through the windows keeps the Palace cool. The small-screened balconies and the arched roofs with hanging cornices (an ornamental molding at the top of the walls of a room, between the walls and ceiling) adds to the beauty of the Palace.


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 As history explains the Hawa Mahal was built for the women of the Royal Families, who were regulated by fairly strict purdah customs. The small windows and the screened balconies enabled the women to watch the processions along the streets. Women of the Royal Families would sit behind these windows to enjoy the street processions.


Early morning is considered as the best time to visit the Palaces, to view the beauty in the golden light of the Sun. So visit the Palace to realise why it is a vital part of the Jaipur itinerary.


Hawa Mahal is earthly design akin to crown of Lord Krishna.

 

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