Among the many buildings to be found in Jaipur’s sprawling City Palace complex, one of the most distinctive is perhaps the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, which is perhaps one of the best embodiments of the words “an architectural confection”. This stunning piece of construction boasts a façade that has been described by turns as a jewellery box, a honeycomb, and a tiered cake. Whichever of these is used, you at least already have a sense of what to expect with this particular sight in the city: a fantastic structure adorned with one of the most striking faces in the history of Indian architecture.
The Hawa Mahal was built in the last year of the 1970’s by the Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh in the second year of his rule. The [Read more…]