Jaisalmer-the land of beautiful camels, maginificent forts and the Great Indian Desert. The ambience and aura of Jaisalmer is unparalleled. The scorching heat of the desert sun may dry up the water bodies, but never the vigour and energy of the people. Jaisalmer is not just known the world over for the aforesaid attractions, but it also showcases a number of beautiful and exquisite mansions, popularly known in India, as “Havelli”.
Havellis are basically huge mansions of the merchants, who involved in trading of precious commodities, and thus the “Havellis” were a symbol of their affluence. Patwon ki Havelli is the largest havelli in Jaisalmer. It is also the largest havelli in Jaisalmer, and of particular importance to those who have deep interest in architecture. Why?? This is because Patwon Ki Havelli is not just a single mansion, but a conglomeration of five mansions. The trader who built this mansion wanted to build five separate divisions for his five sons and obviously, there was no dearth of money. The Havelli is now maintained by the Govt. of India and used for several other purposes. There are beautiful painting and carvings on the walls of the mansion and also beautiful and dainty mirror works. The fabulous architecture and the mesmerizing works of art make the Havelli a popular tourist destination.
When to visit : Patwon Ki Haveli
Best time to visit: October-February
Opening hours:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM