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Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India - Your Shot - National Geographic Magazine -- Kristian Bertel

Photograph by Kristian Bertel, Your Shot

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace, it was an extension of the Zenana, women’s chamber. Its purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The breeze or hawa in Hindi circulates through these windows, giving the palace its name.

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