Hawa Mahal

I think Hawa Mahal may have been my favorite part of Jaipur.

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This is the front from the street:

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Basically, I spent a lot of time here wandering the halls. Each storey is connected by a series of ramps. It was built for a harem so they could view the happenings of the town without being seen. The facade of this palace has many small windows through which the women could watch what was going on below. I really enjoyed sitting and watching for awhile, myself. My love affair with windows deepened at Hawa Mahal.

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The street below was very busy, as you can see from my photos. I was also asked by several people to be in photos, including one photo of a young man shaking my hand.

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Note the wide load on the bicycle rickshaw:

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A chaat wallah (street food vendor):

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I also dug this cow, a common site in Indian cities:

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