At a glance
State: Rajasthan, Jaisalmer
Established by: Jaisalmer's wealthy Merchants
Major attractions: Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli
The huge and beautiful mansions built by the Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis' and many of the sand stone buildings are still in the beautiful and well maintained condition. Among the Jaisalmer havelis, the Patwon ki Haveli is the most beautiful and detailed haveli. This haveli stands in the narrow lane and one of its apartments is colored with nice murals- but at present this haveli is closed up and not open for anyone. The haveli which is still lived in is Salim Singh ki Haveli; it was built around three hundred years ago. When the Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state, that time the Salim Singh was the prime minister. The havelis has a delightfully arched roof with nicely carved brackets in the form of peacock. The haveli is just the below the hill and there is saying that once had two storey in an attempt to build it as towering as the palace of Maharaja. The Maharaja of the Haveli had turned the storey down. In the late 19th century the Nathmal ki Haveli was a minister's house. The wings of the haveli left and right were very nicely carved by brothers and the carving is very similar but not identical. The yellow elephant made of sandstone are places at the front door alone, it is a work art.
Patwon Ji Ki Haveli :
It is one of the prime haveli in Jaisalmer and placed on a lane of narrow width. It is 5 floors tall and is finely carved. The haveli is partitioned into 6 complexes, 2 parts of the haveli are owned through families, they manage the craft-shops, two by archeological survey of India, 2 separate houses. There are footprints of pictures on few of the inside walls also you can see few works of mirror.
Nathmal ki Haveli :
This haveli appear to Nathmal, after some time it was gifted to the Rawal from prime minister. It was built by two brothers in 1885. Nathmal ki haveli has two identical looking portions, which are originally two different parts but united by a common façade. This haveli is a best example of jeweler art which belongs to stone carving. The Muslim artisans did a great work in this haveli and they left the fabulous legacy of craftsmanship excellent in detail and flawless in conceptions.
Salem Singh ki Haveli :
It is an Arabian night's structure, which is like a wild flower, at top of the haveli, there is blossoms. Salem Singh ki haveli has survived from over three hundred years and a part of it is still occupied. When the Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state; he was a prime minister. His haveli was decorated by a beautiful roof arched with fine brackets which are carved in the type of peacocks. Salim Singh's mansion is just under the hill and there is saying that once it had two additional wooden storeys in an endeavor to make it high.