On our way to the famous Amber Palace we stopped for a photo op at Jaipur's Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds"). It stands upright as the entrance to the City Palace. An important landmark in the city, Hawa Mahal is an epitome of the Rajputana architecture. It is built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown. The structure is essentially a high screen pink sandstone wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside -- they had to obey strict "purdah" (face cover). Its unique five-storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows decorated with intricate latticework. It is named Palace of the Winds because 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.
Exploring the grounds of the historic hotel . . .
. . . while our driver and Sue-On patiently wait on the bus.
Through the streets of Jaipur. . .
. . . for a photo stop at Hawa Mahal - The Palace of Winds.
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A look inside the Palace
Youtube Video Tour of the Interior
Carrying on through the outskirts. . .
. . . and a short drive to Amer
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Leaving our bus to walk to our jeep
which will take us up to the Fort/Palace.
We were entertained by snake charmers along the way.
From Our India 3D Stereoview
Collection From Over 100 Years Ago
JAIPUR'S PALACE OF THE WINDS
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