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Hawa Mahal

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One of the most beautiful creations of Indian craftsmen - the Hawa Mahal, "Palace of Winds", is located on one of the streets of the beautiful city of Jaipur. The main "designer" was the architect Lal Chand Ustad, the idea of which was to build a Palace in the form of crown of Hindu God Krishna. His five-storey front portion resembles a honeycomb beehive - it has 953 small window called Jharokhas, decorated with fine screens for fine work. These bars were intended to the noble ladies of the harem of the ruler was free to observe everyday street life without being seen by outsiders. This was due to the fact that they had to abide by the "purdah" - strict rule that the woman was supposed to hide his face.

"Palace of Winds" is part of the City Palace complex and is located in the heart of Jaipur, one of the most lively business districts of the city. Hawa Mahal adjoins Zenana - the female part of the complex, which housed the harem. The Palace was designed at the request of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of clan Kachhwaha, the ruler of Rajasthan. But it was completed only during the reign of Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. In summer, the Palace became a favoured holiday spot in the numerous family of the Raja, because it was always cool.

Hawa Mahal is built of red and pink Sandstone, which gives it an amazing look when it get sunlight. This five-story, like a pyramid building dominates the area of 15 meters. It has countless rooms, each equipped with its small balcony, decorated with a small dome.