Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) is one of the finest examples of Rajputana architecture. Located in the Pink City Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is an integral part of the famous City Palace but stands aloof and commands its own identity. The structure incorporates the finest touch of Mughal architecture making it a marvel. Designed by Lal Chand Ustad, Hawa Mahal is a pyramid-shaped facade with five stories. It has 953 small casements; each with tiny lattice worked pink windows (Jharokhas), small balconies and arched roofs with exquisitely modeled hanging cornices. The numerous Jharokhas have been designed in such a way that it looks like a giant honeycomb. The air circulation through windows keeps the Palace cool even in hot climate. There is a stark contrast between the extravagant exteriors and the simple interiors of the palace.
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