The Pink Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

The pink Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, is one of the more amazing pieces of architecture in a country full of amazing architecture.

The exterior facade resembles an elaborate pink wedding cake, the building honeycombed with pierced windows that allow the breezes to keep the palace cool in the hot Indian summers, and also allow the haram trapped inside to peer out at the street without being seen. The pink Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, is in Jaipur, IndiaThis curved exterior wall is essentially only one room thick; this is view of the facade from the other side looking down on a courtyard.The pink Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, is in Jaipur, IndiaA curved roof top. The palace is primarily built of the local pink sandstone giving Jaipur the name the ‘Pink City’. Yellow and red sandstone also show up.The roof top of Jaipur's Palace of the Winds, India

The Interior Walls.

The interior walls are elaborately decorated with various geometric, plant and bird motifs.

The doorways are amazing.

Decorative painted door and walls at Hara Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur IndiaA small altar over the doorway features Ganesh, the Hindu elephant Boy God.Small Ganesh, the elephant Boy God, at Hara Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur IndiaElaborate pattern on the worked silver door.
A Silver Metal Door in Jaipur, India Detail of the silver door.Detail of the worked silver door in the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, IndiaThis pattern of lotuses kind of reminds me of the Arts and Crafts movement in England as the country moved from excessive Victorian ornamentation to simpler Art Nouveau stylings. Decorative painted walls at Hara Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur IndiaThis decorative painted balcony uses a motif of peacocks. Decorative painted balcony at Hara Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, IndiaHere, a detailed painted peacock pattern around a doorway.in Jaipur, the pink Palace of the Winds, uses a detailed painted peacock pattern around a doorway

Another door with a silhouetted guard.Door with guard at Hara Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur India

The Stained Glass.

I’ve done a whole post just on the beauty of the stained glass windows within the palace.Backlit Stained Glass Windows in Jaipur's Palace of the Winds

The Musicians and Dancers.

This musical troupe also has its own post.A drummer in the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

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