India tour & travel

Havelies of Rajasthan

Haveli at Jaisalmer Havelies are part of the Rajasthan culture and symbol of tourism. In most of the travel photos you will find beautifully carved projected balconies. These are Havelies of Rajasthan. These Havelies displays erstwhile gracious living standards of some business families, royal priests, Rajputs, thakurs , Marwaries, Muslims & treasury in charges ( Kotharies ) etc. These Havelies are different in different locations of Rajasthan. Rajput Havelies are different than Marwari Havelies and in same way royal priests Havelies are different than thakurs Havelies. Havelies are there in almost all towns of Rajsthan but some of them lost their identity and in some havelies still the families are staying. There are some important Havelies located in Jaisalmer town. One of the famous one is Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli at JaisalmerLocated at the town center this Patwon Ki Haveli was constructed by a Marwari business man Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons. Before the development of sea trade Jaisalmer was the part of the silk route connecting to middle east. Patwons were dealing with gold brocade & silver. There are five havelies located within the complex for the five brothers. In those days it was estimated that in total Rs 10 Lakhs ( one million ) was spent for the construction of this haveli. This was done when people Jaisalmer were facing famine and this has helped them for their survival. Hindu and Muslim craftsman hailing from Gujrat, Malwa and Sindh worked in constructing these havalies. The location of the havelies are selected based on the protection from rough sandy winds.

After staring of Bombay ( Mumbai ) dock yard the trade route shifted to sea and the importance of Jaisalmer as a trade center has declined. The business families of Patwa has migrated to Madrass, Maharashtra and Bengal.

Once while traveling by Helicopter the Ex Prime minister Mrs Indira Gandhi Identified this building and took steps to conserve the beauty of this building. Patwon Haveli given the Heritage building status by Rajasthan Government. The management of this Haveli was given to Raj Kumar Kothari family trust in 1965. Mr Raj Kumar Kothari took lot of interest and kept 12 galleries displaying some personal collection of My Raj Kumar Kothari. The collections displays the lifestyle and culture of the Bafna Family the erstwhile owner of the Havelis.

HaveliThis is an example of Indo –Islamic architecture. Inside the havelies there are galleries and places for House temple, Drawing room, Dining Hall, Bed room, Kitchen room, Turban collection, Locks collection, Chambers, Painting collection and fans. The turban gallery displays types of turbans used by people reflecting different casts and cultures of the state. Read more on the types of turbans used in Rajasthan. Another gallery displays different types of musical instruments used by different folk communities. There is a gallery displaying different types of locks used in those days. There are secret places like basement and behind a painting and those were used for storing treasure and other valuables and the address or location was passed to next generation by verbal communication. One such location is in display where a locker is available behind a painting.

The entry fee for Patwon Ki Haveli is Rs 30 for Indians, Foreigners it is Rs 50. Charges for video camera is Rs 40 and still camera is Rs 20. A causal tour of the Haveli will take 30 to 45 minutes.

Salim Singh ki Haveli

There are some other famous Havelies in Jaisalmer town. One is constructed by notorious Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh. At present there is no entry fee and families are staying here.

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

Dewan Mohata Nathmal constructed this Haveli. Two brothers Hathi and Lalu designed this haveli and worked separately in two different direction of the Haveli.

Number of User Comments : 1

ummed singh


jaisalmer ki haweliyan wakai khoobshurat hai. iske mukabale kanhi bhi aisi virashat nahi hai.

Post Comment

Jaisalmer Photo gallery

Sunset at Sam Sand dunes
Jaisalmer Fort
Havelies of Jaisalmer
Mandir Plalace
Sand dunes in Desert
Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer
Rajasthan Village
Desert Trekking near Jaisalmer
Villages near Jaisalmer Desert
Desert Trekking near Jaisalmer

India Tourism Quiz

Test your knowledge on India by identifying these pictures of famous monuments / tourist places.

India Tourism Quiz ..

free registration for travle business