Haveli or Bungalows of the by gone era in Rajasthan are as big and beautiful as the palaces.
Patwon Ki Haveli is the biggest Haveli in Rajasthan and is situated in Jaisalmer near the Patwa complex. Guman Chand Patwa a wealthy brocade merchant built this Haveli in 1805. The complex consists of 5 small havelis one for each of his 5 sons built in a span of 60 years.
The government uses part of Patwon Ki Haveli as offices for its various departments.
Yellow sandstone is used to build this magnificent bungalow.
The architecture, majestic gateways, patterned arches, 60 balconies, paintings, mirror-work, colorful frescoes, murals, sculpted pillars, large corridors, intricate stone carvings, latticed jali friezes will keep you mesmerized.
The architecture is influenced by Persian and Indian architecture.
A visit to Patwon Ki Haveli gives a peek into the luxurious lives led by the merchants. The hues of the interiors of the Haveli are in stark contrast to the hues of the desert-scape.
One of the Haveli is converted into a museum. Another one houses shops selling art and craft work.
Type of place: Historical Monument , Ancient Bungalow
Situated: In a narrow lane near Patwa Complex, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Distance: 299 Km from Jodhpur, 333 Km from Bikaner, 558 Km from Jaipur
Transport: Well connected by road and rail. Autorikshaws can be hired to reach this place
Facilities: Hotels, resorts, and restaurants available to suit all types of budget
Timings: Early morning till 5 p.m.