Two Palaces and an Observatory

Our last day in Jaipur! Friday was a busy day, and we started off at the Hawa Mahal (otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds). It was built so that royal women could look out of the screens onto the streets without being seen themselves, and most of the building doesn’t have a back to it, hence the name.

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Next, we moved onto the Jantar Mantar Observatory, near the City Palace of Jaipur. The observatory is a collection of nineteen massive astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest stone sundial. It has a collection of dials for each horoscope, as well as multiple other sundials which all tell the time in different ways, with the largest being accurate to 2 seconds.

We then went on into the City Palace, only a short walk from the observatory. One of the features that really stood out to me were the four doors pictured below. Each had a symbolic meaning, and the patterns and colours built into it were incredible and I could have stayed all day looking at them!

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