Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer Overview
Also known as the Mansion of Brocade Merchants, Patwon Ki Haveli is a famous tourist attraction in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. At first glance from the narrow street it faces, one would see several windows and balconies with intricate carvings, and once inside, they would get to witness the grandeur of the Haveli. It is a cluster of five small havelis built by a rich trader in the 19th Century. Locals also refer to the haveli as Kothari’s Patwa Haveli. The five havelis were built for the family and together, the entire complex forms the largest mansion in the city. It still possesses an ample number of artifacts and stonework that give a glimpse into the regal lifestyle of the Patwa family. It is one of three havelis that are deemed impressive in the city. The building comes under the Archaeological Survey of India, and it is recognized as a renowned architectural as well as a historical site.
The intricacy of this architecture lies in its exquisite wall paintings, balconies that open to a panoramic view, gateways, arches, and most importantly the mirror works on the wall. In one of the sections of the Haveli, the Mural work is designed uniquely, and each portion separates from one another depicting a specific style. With over 60 balconies, the pillars and ceilings of this golden architecture are carved in intricate designs and miniature works.