Patwon Ki Haveli – The Glorious Mansion in Jaisalmer

By    May 29th 2016    9 Comments  Posted in India, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Haveli means a mansion. They were belonged to the ministers of the Kings, rich merchants and Zamindars. They symbolized the power and prestige in the society. In Jaisalmer, Patwas were very rich traders along the old silk route. They built the Patwon Ki Haveli which took over 50 years to complete and became one of the largest Havelis in Rajasthan. This house of the richest merchant in the land was started by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy banker in 1805. For his five sons, a cluster of five havelis in one was designed, which he and his five sons built over a period of 55 years. It is one of the largest and oldest havelis in Jaisalmer.

Intricate carving on the outer side of the Patwon Ki Haveli

Intricate carving on the outer side of the Patwon Ki Haveli

We came to a narrow lane from where Patwon Ki Haveli rises tall. Today, this grand mansion is under Archaeological Survey of India and one can visit the Haveli for a nominal entry fees. We were awestruck by the grandeur of this exquisite Haveli which was built with facades carved from yellow sandstone.

Patwon Ki Haveli built with yellow sandstone

Patwon Ki Haveli built with yellow sandstone

We entered in this five-storeyed complex a part of which has now been converted into a museum exhibiting the 19th century life of these wealthy merchants. It is richly beautified with wonderful Belgium mirror work and exquisite wall paintings.

A corridor in the Haveli

A corridor in the Haveli

Temple inside the Haveli - look at intricate mirror work on the wall

Temple inside the Haveli – look at intricate mirror work on the wall

Built in yellow sandstone, Patwon Ki Haveli, has exclusive intricate carving in the Jharokhas (balconies), windows, corridors and archways.

Interiors of Patwon Ki Haveli

Interiors of Patwon Ki Haveli

The museum displays rich artifacts which give an idea of erstwhile lifestyle.

From the living room

From the living room

A display of dressing room

A display of dressing room

Display of Kitchen and dinning area

Display of Kitchen and dinning area

We moved from one room to another, one complex to other and then reached the terrace from where we get the best views of the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. This magnificent Haveli is a delight to see and takes an hour or so to explore depending upon how much time one spent for looking around.

Views of Golden Fort in Jaisalmer from the terrace of Patwon Ki Haveli

Views of Golden Fort in Jaisalmer from the terrace of Patwon Ki Haveli

9 thoughts on “Patwon Ki Haveli – The Glorious Mansion in Jaisalmer”

  1. Indrani says:

    Love this grandeur! Glad to revisit through your blog. 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Glad that you liked it. Thank you.

  2. Excellent photos. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Rupam

  3. Ami says:

    I loved this one, more than the palace. Lovely pictures. Will be sharing my version of this soon.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Ami.It will be great to read your story. Please share the link.

  4. Mridula says:

    Your pictures are a delight too!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Mridula!

  5. mushib says:

    can you help me for i need to drawings of patwon ki haveli like plans, sections,elevation, details etc.

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