Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Patwon ki haveli, the private residence of Patwonji is located in the narrow lanes of Jaisalmer. It is a huge mansion suddenly emerging out of nowhere dwarfing all other houses around it. The sight of its breathtaking architecture and impressive carvings on the outer walls will leave you gasping with appreciation. Huge corridors, lined with beautifully designed pillars all along will slow your pace as you tour the haveli.
This haveli was the private residence of Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons. It took 60 years to complete the construction from 1800 to 1860. Though famed for trading in gold, silver and brocade, it is rumored that money for such elaborate construction by thousands of artisans came from opium trade.
The fourth apartment is still a private residence, the third apartment is converted in to antique shop and the remaining part of the apartment are government run, displays old furnishings and household items.
We were told that this haveli had seven stories at one point of time and it was taller than the palace of Jaisalmer. The Maharaja of Jaisalmer then got the top two floors demolished, ever since the haveli had only five floors. The shot below is the view of the Jaisalmer fort from the fifth floor of Patwon ki haveli.
Visit Patwon ki haveli for sure, if you are traveling to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.