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View Through the Windows of the Hawa Mahal

27 Sep
View Through the Windows of the Hawa Mahal

The Palace of Winds is a commonly known name of the famous monument “Hawa Mahal” of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built it in 1798 and the design of it was formed by Lal Chand Ustad. Lal Chand Ustad was the famous architecture of that time, he also designed the Jaipur city. The design of the Hawa Mahal was in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna. The architecture of the palace is really marvelous and reflects the Rajasthani culture.

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Hawa Mahal – Jaipur

This five storey building is very unique in its structure. It looks like a honeycomb of the beehive as it has 953 small windows popularly called as Jharokha. The motive of the number of Jharokas is to allow royal ladies to watch the everyday life in the street as the purdah system was on peak at those times. So, the Mahal was built for the royal ladies so that they can enjoy and interact with the natural surroundings while residing in the palace itself. Besides this the Jharokhas also provide a cool breeze and air conditioned the whole building in peak summers, so, the name is given to it “Hawa Mahal”.

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Rear view of Hawa Mahal

An interesting fact about the Hawa Mahal is that the thickness of the walls of the palace is even lesser than a foot but carved so beautifully. It is made of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main boulevard in the heart of Jaipur’s business center. It forms part of the City Palace and also extends to the Zenana or the women’s chambers. Its view is particularly striking when seen it early morning as it lit with the golden light of sunrise which makes it beautiful.

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Jharoka or Latticed Window

On entering the Palace, there is a door which leads to a spacious courtyard surrounded by two-storey buildings on the three sides. Of the five storeys of the Mahal, the top three storeys have broad enough like a single room while the bottom storeys have courtyards. The interior of the Hawa Mahal is flagrant and plain with passages and pillars that leads to the top storey. The palace does not have stairs to reach the top floors; they are connected just by slopes. From Hawa Mahal, one can have a panoramic view of the pink city. It also has an archaeological museum in which the paintings and sculptures of Maharaja’s and Rani’s are located elegantly.

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Courtyard inside Hawa Mahal

Some nearby tourist attractions while traveling to Hawa Mahal are the Jantar Mantar, Govind Dev Ji temple, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Ram Niwas Bagh, Birla Planetarium, etc. So, the palace is a tourist site in Rajasthan while one is planning a trip his/her trip. It makes an exemplary portraying dignity in the honor of the city’s royal women, so has a great significance in the history pages of Rajasthan.

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10 responses to “View Through the Windows of the Hawa Mahal

  1. thisisnotbangkok

    September 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    magnificent photos and post

     
  2. Sonnja

    September 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

     
  3. Harsha

    September 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Marvelous Place it is…And the Queens did Chupke Chupke with the Passerby I guess.. 😉

    Nice Post.. 🙂

     
  4. Pat

    September 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    What an amazing structure! Great photos.

     
  5. chrisstov

    September 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    What a stunning building.

     
  6. ladyfi

    October 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Wow wow wow – mesmerising and gorgeous!

     
  7. adinparadise

    October 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    What a beautiful palace! The style of architecture is amazing. Thanks for sharing your photos. 🙂

     
  8. mtphotoii

    October 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful shots!

    This place is amazing!

    – Michael
    http://AmazingPicturesBlog.com

     
  9. jobgenie63

    October 14, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Your photo really captures the beauty of some of the classic sites. Makes me want to return for more.

     
  10. Karen @ Pieces of Contentment

    October 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    This is one site I have visited, it’s marvellous.

     

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