Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis with conspicuous facades.
Not only the princes but even the merchants prospered and their riches were displayed in the exquisitely carved and ornamented havelis which they built.
Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer  
Patwon ki Haveli is one of the largest and most elaborated houses in Jaisalmer. It is five storeys high, extensively carved.
This grand mansion is one of its kind in the Jaisalmer city. The haveli was built by the family of a rich merchant - Guman Chand Patwa. Putwa and his sons started the construction work in the year1800 A.D., and after six decades the mansion was all ready to stand high in glory.
The Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of seven small havelis adorned with intricately latticed work. The biggest and the most grandiose haveli.
This mega structure features five suites and a number of balconies projecting from different storeys. Its intricately carved facade with pillars and balconies is one picture worth capturing. It is an open air museum and has preserved for centuries the heritage of the rich merchant class and the architecture of Rajasthan.

Now the haveli has been taken over by the government. A tour through the haveli will lend an interesting insight in to the lifestyle of the rich traders.