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.

The interiors are equally mesmerizing.The strikingly beautiful murals, paintings, dazzling mirror work are stunning.

Visit Patwon ki haveli for sure, if you are traveling to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.


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29 Responses

  1. thyme says:

    Amazing beauty. What a shame about that jealous king! it would be difficult to imagine the beauty of what was demolished. I could never have invented anything as beautful as what is in these photos.

  2. That building looks magnificent, and it’s wnderufl series of photos! I can barely imagine what it must be like to be there inperson!

  3. Webradio says:

    Great post, with beautiful photos…

    Thank you for the story of this residence…

    See You later !

  4. Bengbeng says:

    blows my mind to think of the wealth this family possessed. look at the splendour of the whole building . money was no object.

  5. Hilary says:

    Unbelievably beautiful. You have the most interesting blog.

  6. Stunning architecture. Thanks for sharing!

    Regina In Pictures

  7. ewok1993 says:

    such splendid architecture replete with history. thanks for sharing this.

  8. You have shown so much about Rajsthan on you blog that I have decided to visit the state soon….

  9. magiceye says:

    wow! that is beautiful!! thank you for the wonderful virtual tour of Patwon ki haveli!!

  10. Lakshmi says:

    beautiful and the ornate interiors are stunning..amazing how these havelis were maintained then..

  11. Very, very nice. I am happy you went to Rajasthan, because we can see all the lovely pictures of these places heard of, but not seen.

  12. What a dazzlingly beautiful place. So much color and detail in the decor. Thank you so much for showing it to us.

  13. Jedediah says:

    I can’t get enough of the exterior view, it looks so unreal, a bit like a M.C. Escher painting. Stunning photos, thanks for sharing.

  14. So beautiful you have there!

  15. Carver says:

    Thank you for taking us around and inside this beautiful building. That’s an amazing story about having two floors chopped off. Great set of shots.

  16. What an amazing place! Thank you for sharing!

    Greetings from West Africa,

  17. a very interesting post and fascinating info as well.
    thank you for sharing your part of the world with all of us.

    have a good week.

  18. Arija says:

    Incredibly lavish place inside and out. So lavish it even made the maharaja jealous. Great post.

  19. Denise BC says:

    I thank you for sharing your world. Grateful for the nice visit.
    Hugs, Denise

  20. Jeanne says:

    What amazing architecture and the furnishing are so ornate, it’s hard to imagine living among them. All the workmen it must have taken to complete this.

  21. chrome3d says:

    I´m so used to scandinavian style interiors so that´s why those murals feel so incredible to me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful part of your world.

  22. Randall says:

    What a magnificent place that is. I would love to stay in such a work of art.

  23. Kat says:

    I liked the ceiling fan, chandelier and sewing machine pictures.

    badly in need of money for my new flat. Thanks for the hint..!!!

  24. Swarna says:

    Perfect series of pictures! They give a nice feel to the viewer, and lets one imagine life in that ambience 🙂 – though one is somewhat put off by the possibility of opium-funding 🙁

  25. Louise says:

    This place is INCREDIBLE! What beauty both inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing!

  26. Maddy says:

    never been there, looks fab. but sitting cross legged in front of those plates is no longer an option. the knees do not obey those orders anymore.

  27. A beautiful post Indrani.
    I post mine at:

  28. Cuckoo says:

    When I go there next, I will definitely read your posts again. Was it a packaged tour or otherwise ?

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