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The Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, is arguably Jaipur’s best-known monument. Despite its towering height and length, the Hawa Mahal looks like a light, airy structure which might blow away with the slightest wind.

Placed right in the middle of the bustling Johari Bazaar, near the Badi Chaupad (the big square), this reddish-pink building made of red sandstone is a constant reminder of Jaipur’s colourful history which refuses to just curl up and die.

Adjacent to the City Palace (where the family of the last Maharaja of Jaipur still lives) is the Hawa Mahal, built by Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lalchand Usta in 1799. ) . Out of its five floors, the top three are just a room deep while the lower floors are connected to rooms and courtyards. The Mahal is an enormous tapering structure with numerous arches, spires and a mind-boggling 953 latticed casements and small windows.

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