Next to Jaisalmer Fort, the elegant mansions constructed with yellow sandstones tops the list of tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Patwon Ki Haveli, the complex with five mansions built with awe inspiring architecture and style, is a phenomenal illustration of Rajasthani architecture.
Patwon Ki Haveli fascinates every visitor with its numerous windows, huge courtyards visible from all parts of the havelis and the innate works on the walls and windows. This 200 years old structure still mesmerizes everyone, though the color and style is like every other older buildings in Jaisalmer.
Built by the brocade merchants in a family, the mansions were their residences and business hubs those days. The unusual designs and features make this haveli stand out of all the buildings,especialy, the jarokhas, arches, entrance gates, mirror works and mural paintings are nothing but spectacular.
With a view to protect the elegant architecture and showcase it to the future generations, there is also a museum, exhibiting the artefacts, paintings, arts and crafts of those times, taking us back into the history. Patwon Ki Haveli is the second haveli built in Rajasthan and first of its kind in Jaisalmer.
The Archaeological Survey of India has set up its own office inside the haveli premises and there you can see many of the artefacts and evidences related to the history and emergence of this haveli. Out of the five mansions, the oldest one is the grandest of all, taking more of your time to enjoy the ecstatic architecture and prominently exhibited cultural diversity of Rajasthan in Jaisalmer region.
Best time to visit is between September and February
As Jaisalmer is at the geographic center of Thar desert, it is easy to access the haveli using public transport or by hiring a taxi.
As the region will be reasonably hot, be choosy in your costumes. Don’t forget to take sunglasses and hat. As the lanes will be quite narrow, it is better to approach by walk.
Patwon Ki Haveli is open for visitors from 9AM to 5PM with a nominal entry fee and camera fee for both foreigners and Indians.
Guides can also be hired.