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Friday, February 4, 2011

Hawamahal, Jaipur

India-89 WPE, Card no. 2

Built of red and pink sandstone. Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work.The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah". It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.

Hawa Mahal in 1875
Hawa Mahal now
Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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