5th DAY – INDIA – JAIPUR – HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)

by Antonio Gil October. 07, 2015 2389 views

Hawa Mahal (Hindi: English translation: “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women's chambers. Its unique five-storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey strict “purdah” (face cover). The lattice also allows cool air from the Venturi effect (doctor breeze) through the intricate pattern, air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summers

This is a miniature sculpture of the actual palace.

Sample of tuk-tuk

Actual Wind Palace seen from a bus, hence the yellow spot on the bottom left corner.

VIDEO. WELCOME TO JAIPUR + INSIDE OF HAWA MAHAL [youtube.com]

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Kara Bana 5 years, 11 months ago

That is one spectacular palace! So perfect & percise.
I guess you came across all manner of rickshaws...

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Kasia Urynowicz 5 years, 11 months ago

Antonio I'm lost 2 weeks on the photoblog, I say that from you exactly nothing changed, images are perfect :-)

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Armando 5 years, 11 months ago

Sem palavras!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 5 years, 11 months ago

Light, openwork architecture, but overwhelming. #2 - small masterpiece.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 5 years, 11 months ago

Fascinating info on this architectural masterpiece. I want a Tuk-Tuk! Great work, as we have come to expect!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 11 months ago

These look beautiful both the miniature and the real one.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Delightfulpink 5 years, 11 months ago

I've never seen this before. This set is mindblowing :)!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Downtoearth 5 years, 11 months ago

Stunning architecture :)

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
John Parsons 5 years, 11 months ago

Such ornate decorated buildings! - love the tuk tuk!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 11 months ago

Those tuktuks look very up market these days!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 5 years, 11 months ago

That is a very interesting looking building.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
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