Hawa Mahal "Palace of Winds"
The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh
Lal Chand Ustad was the man behind this unique structure
Hawa Mahal is constructed of red and pink sandstone. The unique five storey exterior of this masterpiece resembles the look of a honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called #Jharokas decorated with intricate #latticework
PS - The exterior of Hawa Mahal is far better than its interior. The interior has nothing special to offer you. Inside the palace, the architecture is a mixture red and authentic sandstone which doesn't matches the beauty at all
✔ Hawa Mahal is situated near badi choupad (Johari Bazar) which is around 4 kms from railway station and 3 kms from Sindhi Camp bus stand
✔ Entrance fee for getting inside the Hawa Mahal is ₹50 for Indian adults and ₹5 for Indian childrens below 7 and students as well. For foreign tourists, entrance fee is ₹200. Foreign students can also get a concession. Don't forget to carry your fresh student ID for opting the student concession
✔ Don't forget to carry a selfie stick if you are wishing take a picture of the exterior in full length frame with your phone. You might get the selfie sticks in much more expensive outside the Hawa Mahal
✔ Timings of the Hawa Mahal are 9AM to 5PM ✔ If you are heading to this place in morning, then don't forget to have a "Pyaaz Ki Kachori" in your breakfast, just outside the Hawa Mahal
✔ The exterior of the palace is situated on the main streets. So there is no charge for viewing it or standing there or clicking pictures 😜
✔ A CCD lounge is also situated inside the Hawa Mahal. So it is not that too expensive to have a coffee there
✔ Whenever in Jaipur, it is much more beneficial for you to book a Ola or Uber instead of tuk-tuk or auto. You can't negotiate the tuk-tuk drivers and even they ask for much more fare from you. When you are solo or couple, it is much more beneficial to book a Ola Share or Uber-pool
I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die.
First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time...
It was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars...
And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street...
Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper...
And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird...
And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn.
I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday. - Lester Burnham (Narrating)
They say "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". As a typical Singaporean, I'm so used to eating with my fork and spoon, it's just such a fuss free way of eating.
But when I started travelling India, that was when I discovered the joy of eating with my hands. There's just something so special about eating with your hands: first, I must admit, I felt pretty cool doing that. Then, I realised how the flavours just hits you way better. You're not just eating with your mouth now, you also get to feel the texture and spice all in your hands!
Eating with your hands is definitely an art I've yet to master. Can I just say, it is a skill to carefully tear that roti with just your right hand; and don't even get me started on the rice... Now back to the food!
Since it was my mum and dad's first time in India, I decided to bring them to a fancier restaurant. We visited Suruchi Veg Restaurant which specialises in Thalis, so you can imagine how easy it was for me to make up my mind!
I've always loved having Thalis, because for a glutton like me, it's basically a mini buffet with a bit of everything! The colours also never fail to make everything more appetising.
Happy to say that both mum and dad absolutely enjoyed their meal! Check out their happy faces! 😬