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Old 11-11-2010, 04:35 AM
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If you are planning to visit Jaipur, Rajasthan (India) then you would definitely happen to visit Hawa Mahal because this is one of the most visited places over there.

Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is also known as "Palace of Winds" and situated on the main road in the heart of Jaipur's business centre. It has 953 small beautiful windows that are called “Jharokhas”. Actually Rajputs had a restrict tradition called "purdah (face cover)". Under this tradition Rajput ladies were not allowed to be seen by general public, but they were still keen to know about general public and all the events out there in the street. This Hawa Mahal was like a window to the outer world for the royal ladies.

These small windows were constructed to circulate air throughout the year. It keeps the palace naturally cool especially in the summer season. It is next to the entrance of City Palace, and then extends to the Janana or women’s chambers (the chambers of the Haram).

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