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I am very sorry Craig. I planned to post quite a different picture but when I read "The Opposite view is one that I'm sure you will not recognize" I treated it as a challenge. I will recognize it? So I looked for my photos from Jaipur, in a quite deep archive. Although 11 years have passed, I remember that day as if it was yesterday. Not only because I liked Hawa Mahal so much, but also because I met there our friend pixelterror, do you remember him?

Hawa Mahal means "The Palace of Winds".
The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Its five floor exterior is akin to honeycomb with its 953 small windows called Jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen. This architectural feature also allowed cool air from the Venturi effect to pass through, thus making the whole area more pleasant during the high temperatures in summer. Many people see the Hawa Mahal from the street view and think it is the front of the palace, but it is the back.

I was much more fascinated by the interior than by the front view. It was such a surprise that there is facade but there are no rooms behind it, just the wall. I took a lot of pictures. For a long time, I have planned to shows something but there was no time or the occasion.

It was a rainy and foggy day, so the sky is like it is.

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