Location: In a narrow lane near Patwa Complex, Jaisalmer
Highlight: Architecture, mirror work, miniature paintings and balconies
Timings: 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM (every day)
- INR 20 (Indian)
- INR 100 (Foreigner)
- INR 50 (Still)
- INR 100 (Video)
One of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer, the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is a remarkable piece of architecture and is also the most stunning havelis in the city. A cluster of 5 small havelies, it was the first haveli that was constructed in Jaisalmer. The first havelis out of these was commissioned by Guman Chand Patwa in 1806 and boasts of being the biggest as well as grandest mansion. It is said that he was a very rich trader of those times and so he commissioned 5 separate havelis for his 5 sons. All the havlies was constructed in the initial 60 years of the 19th century.
The walls of Patwon ki Haveli were encrusted with stunning mirror work and beautiful paintings, which have slightly lost its sheen due to abuse and encroachment. The colossal arches, 60 wonderful jharokhas (balconies) and gateways are other highlight of the architecture. Every arch has a different theme and depiction. In this haveli made from yellow sandstone, the main gateway in brown color looks amazing. A mix of Indian and Persian styles of architectures, this havelis is a representation of the affluent living standards of the merchants of Jaisalmer. Colorful frescos and murals, huge corridors, intricate stone carvings, sculpted pillars and delicate jalli/ lattice work looks exotic.
Standing proudly in a narrow lane near the Patwa complex, this haveli currently is under the management of the government. The office of State art and craft department and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is placed in the haveli.