Jaisalmer is globally famous as the ‘Golden City of India’ which comprises majestic palaces and mansions with beautifully crafted jharokhas, magnificently decorated high-ceilinged architectures, ornamented interiors, charismatic courtyards and relentless silent saga of the golden days of Rajputanas. One of the most magnificent sights in Jalsalmer is Patwon Ki Haveli. This is an awesome manmade creation on earth that can be renamed as a marvel. This haveli is also known as Mansion of Brocade Merchants. This is basically a cluster of five huge Havelis in Jaisalmer. It was built by the wealthy trader Guman Chand Patwa in the year 1805 and it took the workers almost 55 years to complete the first haveli.
With an interesting history, Patwon Ki Haveli is actually the first and the largest haveli to be constructed in Jaisalmer. History says that this 200 year old Haveli was built by the wealthy Guman Chand Patwa. He was an extremely rich man and a renowned trader of his time. This legendary haveli still carries a symbol of their wealth, power and domination in the region during 19th century. The entire family dealt in gold and silver threads that were used in embroidering clothes and so, there was no scarcity of money in the family.
Guman Chand Patwa, the head of the family decided to build a luxurious palace and thus ordered the construction of separate stories – one for each of his five sons. Once home to the Patwa family, today the cluster of havelis is occupied by the Rajasthan government’s Art and Craft department. Its gorgeous architecture, imaginative mirror work, detailed carvings, lovely paintings, and its rich golden yellow color all together make this cluster of havelis a favorite among tourists and locals.
This Haveli is considered as a treasure in Rajasthani Architecture with numerous carvings, murals and unique jharokhas. The entire complex is made of sandstone and each one of them is unique in design and style.
All five havelis have their own courtyards, room and balconies and these were built for the residents of Patwa Family. Visitors will explore exquisite beauty when they will explore this cluster of mansions and y will be an experience to remember for a lifetime.
There are so many astonishing places that you must explore in Jaisalmer after visiting Patwon Ki Haveli. It will be another exciting adventure to venture in those places which are located near to the haveli:
This is one of the most attractive places in the entire city of Jaisalmer and it is known as one of the living forts in the world. The fort is located in a vast area where a small township exists. The 800 year old fort was built by Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jiasal in the year 1156 and now it is a UNESCO World Heritage site that comes under the category of ‘Hill Forts of India’. More than three thousand people live within the fort premises with multiple entrance gates on the path up top. The fort stands at the height of 250 ft. and is surrounded by 30 ft. tall walls. For its altitude, it offers jaw-dropping view of Jaisalmer city draped in golden yellow. One of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort is located on the southern edge of the city and is popularly known as 'Sonar Qila' or 'Golden Fort'. It is actually a mini-town that has houses, shops, temples, restaurants, etc within its complex. It will be a great experience for the wanderer to explore this blissful fort with populace.
One of the most breathtaking lakes in Rajasthan situated at the outskirts of Jaisalmer. The lake was originally built by Raja Rawal Jaisal ages ago to fulfill the water requirements of his kingdom. In that period canals or irrigation system or methods were unavailable to bring water to the waterless regions of Rajasthan. It was the main source of water in the region. At present it has become the traveler delight due to its scenic beauties. It is located very near to the Jaisalmer Fort and the top view of the lake from the Fort during sunset is an unforgettable experience. This lake is considered as one of best places to unwind. People can also enjoy boating, and watch rare migratory birds like an oasis in the heart of a desert.
Vyas Chari is a very renowned and holy place in Rajasthan dedicated to Sage Vyasa, who compiled the 300,000 verses of the epic Mahabharata. It is very popular as the sunset point of Jaisalmer city. It is one of the most exclusive landmarks of the desert city. There is a beautifully crafted cenotaph which is situated on the north of the structure Located inside Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer. This cenotaph is actually dedicated to the sage Vyasa. There are other cenotaphs also which were built in memory of the royal family members. Vyas Chhatri is a photographer’s delight because it looks stunning during the evening.
There is another wonderful architectural creation called Tazia Tower and Badal Palace. Tajia tower I s situated inside the Badal palace and this is a replica of the mausoleum of various Muslim imams. It has awesome carvings that are represent rich ancient art on the walls of the tombstone. This artwork has been made of wood, thermocol, and colored paper. Visitors will be astonished to see that every floor of the tower has a different chronicle and different design as well. The Badal Palace, currently a house for the royals, is a cluster of structures that has exquisite carvings on the walls. Muslim craftsmen showed their excellence in this Islamic styled structure. This Tazia was gifted to the royals of the Badal Palace.
The Jaisalmer Fort is the place where lots of famous Jain temples are situated. Famous Chandraprabhu Jain Temple is inside the Jaisalmer Fort and it was made in the year 1509 AD. Another attraction is Rishabhdev Temple which was built in memory of Rishabhdev the very first of the Jain tirthankaras, and this temple in Jaisalmer Fort is dedicated to him. Another Jain temple inside Jaisalmer Fort is Parsvanatha Jain Temple. Parsvanatha was the 23rd Jain tirthankara, and this temple is dedicated to him.