travel log: rock me easy

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. -J. Nehru

The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India

Considered to be one the 7 wonders of India, visiting the Hawa Mahal or “Palace of the Winds” was the highlight of my trip to Jaipur. It was built in 1799, as a continuation on the palace. Nobody resided in these walls, but rather, the ladies of the royal court who practiced strict “purdah” (woman staying visually hidden from men) would relax here and be able to peek out through the 365 small windows and lattice work to observe daily city life, ceremonial processions, or even elephant fights.

I took these pictures during my trip there in April 2009.

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One of the small windows the royal women would peek out of to see the busy bazaars below.


Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, who ruled Jaipur at the time, built Hawa Mahal to honor his deep devotion to Lord Krishna. The entire building is designed in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.

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