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52 ~ Hawa Mahal = Palace of the Winds : Jaipur

“Express” path bypassing the many local tourists

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Back at 10am / 10:00 and after a hasty change out of my layers of merino, a quick breakfast left at 10.30am / 10:30 for Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of the Winds.


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Here is the link to Tripsavvy:

The intricate and fascinating facade of the Palace of the Winds is probably Jaipur's most recognized building. Constructed in 1799, it has five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. Wind used to flow through the openings, giving the palace its name. However, the wind has now gone from the Wind Palace as most of the windows have been sealed shut. Legend has it that the palace, which overlooks the main street of Jaipur's lively Old City, was built so that the women of the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed. A panoramic view can be had from the top of the building.



From behind it was a climb up the five stories to the top. Again, it was Push's personal relationship with the local staff on duty that we had an “express” path bypassing the many local tourists who were queuing to go up.

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Then down and a walk along the front of Hawa Mahal as seen in the tourist brochures. The elaborate façade contains 953 small casements or to me windows with shutters in a huge curve. Each had its own balcony and crowning arch.

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It was then off at 11.50am / 11:50 to see Amber Fort.

Posted by bruceontour 00:10 Archived in India Tagged jaipur hawa_maha palace_of_the_winds

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