One of the main attractions of Jaipur and the business card of the city – the Palace of the Winds Hawa Mahal. Its popularity among tourists is not surprising – after not all the beauty of the palace is inferior to the ancient cathedral, and in fact, in the meantime, in comparison with those it is very, very young. Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by decree of the local maharaja for his harem. The building is in the form of Krishna’s crown, symbolizing virility and the fiery nature of the soul.
Many may mistake that all wives of the Maharaja lived in the palace; however, if you look at the Hawa Mahal in profile, it becomes apparent that the width of this grand building does not exceed 15 meters. In fact, the palace is a something of a theater. Maharaja palace built for his wife could watch the solemn processions passing in the city. Jealous did not want someone else looked at his wife, that is why in the walls, you will not find any window bigger than a man’s head – this is the main feature of the palace. Instead of windows wall is dotted with a variety of inspection loopholes and artificial cracks, forming a kind of network of hollow patterns. These loopholes are not only hidden from prying eyes harems of the Maharaja, but also create excellent ventilation, cooling Hawa Mahal in the heat. The more heat – the stronger the air stream flows. Quite often in the corridors of the palace is a real raging wind, which gave the name Hawa Mahal.
Total of miniature windows-loopholes in the palace, there are 953, and each is decorated with beautiful hand-border, and many – “Lacy” balconies. A distinctive feature of the Hawa Mahal is a complete lack of stairs. All visitors, and in the past – a wife of the Maharaja with servants – everything went up to the upper floors on the gentle slopes. Fall often meant, if not death, disability for all fallen and reaching below. Ironically, even the railings are not provided in most of the lifting. The only way to ascend to the top floor – to put on special shoes with special notches on the soles. Each of the rooms of the palace is open to free attendance by tourists. From the upper windows of Hawa Mahal magnificent views of the historic home of the Rajputs can be seen.