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A Palace Without Rooms

The Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, in Jaipur looks like a beautiful palace when you approach it from the front but when you go round to the back you see it has no rooms! It has only passages opening out into balconies.
It was built 200 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Partap Singh to enable the ladies of the court to watch parades and processions in the street below without being seen as in those days women observed purdah and no one was allowed to see their faces.
There are over 900 windows and balconies in the huge 5-storeyed structure.

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