The Palace of Winds is located in the city of Jaipur, which is the capital and main city of the state of Rajasthan. It’s the most famous symbol of the state’s capital and is an important example of Rajput architecture.
The first impression one has when seeing the Palace is that it is something massive.
But when you look a little bit better you can see that it’s a pretty elaborate building. It’s an extension of the City Palace, of its women’s chambers specifically, and its architecture is a unique, with 953 laced windows. Closely, you can see a complex marble grid in each one of its windows.
So many windows create an intelligent refrigeration system inside the building, with a constant airflow in its interior rooms. It’s rather useful, particularly during the hot summer months. Renovation works were carried out, and one of those placed windows through the opening which you can see from the outside. Now you don’t have an inside breeze anymore.
The Palace of Winds has 5 floors and the width of its walls do not exceed 20 cm. Its pyramidal structure may be related to Krishna’s crown and/or the tail of a peacock, a symbol of royalty and power.
It was built by the Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by the architect Lal Chand Usta, in 1799. The aim of the building was to give the women of the royal household a chance to watch the movement of the streets without being observed. Back then, they were not allowed to show up in public or in front of strangers. Given the placement of the windows they could see the city’s main market and its central avenue.
Later, in 1876, the exterior walls of the Palace were painted with an ink that gives them a pink tone.
I enjoyed very much to see this Palace.
Its design is unique and it stands out from the rest of the city. About Jaipur and the rest of its monuments which I was able to see there, I’ll speak about them in upcoming articles.
But I can already tell you that Jaipur is known as the “Pink City”.