It is also known as Palace of winds. It was built in 1799 by the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the procession and the day to day activities from the cool confinement of this majestic facade.The five storeyed semi-octagonal structure is noted for its elaborate and fanciful architecture. It comprises of 953 niches and 152 windows, which are exquisitely encrusted with overhanging latticed balconies, curvilinear roofs, domes and spires. There is also a museum exhibiting a fine collection of ancient paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, coins, armory etc.
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