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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

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Hawa Mahal is a very beautiful palace. It stands in Jaipur city. This is the image of the Rajputana architecture. It is an important palace in the Jaipur city. It is five- storey beautiful palace. It’s also called “Palace of the Winds”. Hawa Mahal showcases the culture of Rajasthan. In 1779 Hawa  Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This palace having 953 windows that’s attracting tourist and its shape is pyramid looks party.  

These windows are not made for air circulation the real reason was it that in this palace lived royal women. They were not allowed to go outside and meet people. For these women made these windows to look the view of outside and enjoy. This is the real story of this beautiful palace.

Kachhwaha Rajput ruler, Sawai Pratap Singh built the Hawa Mahal as a continuation of the royal city in 1799. He is the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built the city Jaipur as a royal city. In the construction of Hawa Mahal used the Red and Pink sandstones. This palace designed by Lal Chand Ustad. It is designed as a beehive castle. That’s 50 feet’s height from this base. When we looks this palace at some far we find its looks like crown of God Krishna. Windows of this Palace are also named as jharokhas which are decorated in intricate design. There is no stairs to go at upper storeys. In Hawa mahal Storeys are connected via slope. Its entrance door leads us to spacious courtyard surrounded by two storey buildings on three sides. This Monument has also an archaeological museum this palace is now most popular tourist attraction of Jaipur, India.

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The top three floors of the palace have a dimension of one room width while the first and second floors have patios in front of them. The front elevation, as seen from the street, is like a honeycomb web of a beehive, built with small portholes. Each porthole has miniature windows and carved sandstone grills, finials and domes. It gives the appearance of a mass of semi-octagonal bays, giving the monument its unique façade. The inner face on the back side of the building consists of need-based chambers built with pillars and corridors with minimal ornamentation, and reach up to the top floor. The interior of the Mahal has been described as "having rooms of different coloured marbles, relieved by inlaid panels or gilding; while fountains adorn the centre of the courtyard".

It is stand at south Jaipur. Entry to the Hawa Mahal is not from the front but from a side road to the rear end. Facing the Hawa Mahal, turning right and again to the first right, leads to an archway entry and then to the rear side of the building.

In the bulleting of Hawa Mahal maker used the colourful glass. When the sun light enters, the entire chamber fills with the spectrum of various colours. It looks very beautiful.

In Jaipur we find some other historical place to visit. Jantar Mantar, Govind Devji temple, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Ram Niwas Bagh, BM Birla Planetarium, Jain Temple, Statue Circle, Sisodia Rani Garden these are some place to visit.

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