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The palace of Jaipur known as the Hawa Mahal, is a piece of beauty. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. the design resembles the crown of Lord Krishna. It has five stories and is made of red and pink sandstone. The side overlooking the busy street in front has 953 small windows of various shapes through which the Hawa or breeze circulates into the palace and from which the palace gets its name. It is said that the cold breeze through the windows keeps the palace cool even in summer. It is said that the King had many wifes, a harem and the original intention was to allow the ladies to have a look at the day to day life of the kingdom through these windows without themselves being seen from outside. Very clever intension, and if you see the construction, you cannot help appreciating it. someone standing inside can by no chance be seen from outside. The interiors of the palace is also supposed to be very beautiful. Unfortunately, the time we visited, there was a Bollywood film shooting going on inside, for which tourists were not allowed in. It's a pity. but that's what we came across in many places in Rajasthan.

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  • Written Feb 28, 2008
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