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Jaipur, India: Hawa Mahal.
Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” is a palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Built of red and pink sandstone, Hawa Mahal forms part of the City Palace. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad to resemble the crown of Krishna. The five-story has 953 small windows or “jharokhas” decorated with intricate latticework, allowing royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict face cover or “purdah”.

Featured in Building Exteriors of the World,1/2012; Architecture & Street Art, 2/2012; Shelters, 22/8/2012; Colors of India, September 2012.; Around the World, 06/10/2013; Historic Sites, 15/06/2014.
Top 10 Winner in “January Featured Work Challenge” in Building Exteriors of the World., 01/2012.
Top 10 Winner in the Windows to the Past Challenge in Historic Sites, 07/2014.
(Nikon Coolpics S6200)
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  • tunna
    tunnaalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Ethna.Great image

  • Thank you so much Tunna! And for the favorite.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 3 years ago

    Oh how outstanding this is…an amazing angle shot…and thank you for the history, very interesting

  • Thank you very much! I didn’t have anywhere to back up to get the shot I really wanted (across the street not quite far enough), so I’m glad you like the one I ended up with. Thanks too for the favorite.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Woepi
    Woepialmost 3 years ago

    Wow, what a great place ! This old and so well preserved !! Beautiful.

  • Thank you! And thank you for the favorite.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! And here in the West we make such a big deal about buildings that are 100 years old! LOL! And look how beautifully this is maintained and structurally sound! Wow! I wonder if there was a significance to the number 953 for the number of windows. Many old cultures ascribe signficance to things such as numbers. Wondering. I love how you’ve captured the vivid color and included the tower on the right with the walkway. Beautiful! FAVORITE! India must be a photographer’s paradise! Thank you for sharing this magnificent shot, Ethna.
    Cordially, Ellen

  • Thanks Ellen! I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some significance to the number 953. Thanks for the favorite.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • tenzil
    tenzilalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot, the colour is amazing!

  • Thank you so much! It is quite a building.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlalmost 3 years ago

    Something I have never seen before, nor could I have imagined there would be such a grand structure still standing and preserved so well….Absolutely wonderful~!

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful detail Ethna. Congratulations

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 3 years ago

    Don’t forget you can enter this image in our Featured challenge here

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot! Once again this reminds me of Nepali architecture; but also old Yemeni houses with a (single) outcropping window with lattice work from which women can watch what’s going on in the street below, or see who is knocking on the door. (Not so surprising perhaps, since because of centuries-old trade contacts many influences from India can be found in Yemeni culture.)

    Thanks for the reminder I must visit this area of India, too. :)

  • Thank you Marjolein! It’s interesting to see how cultures influence each other, isn’t it? Thanks for the favorite too!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture of this amazing building !

  • Thanks very much Trish!

    – Ethna Gillespie

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