India's top tourist destination is Jaisalmer, often known as "the Hill Fort of Jaisal." Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput monarch, who built the city in 1156 AD, is the origin of the name Jaisalmer. The city is well-known for its Havelis, Jaisalmer Fort, and Desert Safari. Since Jaisalmer was a significant commerce hub during the Middle Ages, traders and merchants built the Havelis there. Several Havelis in Jaisalmer feature different types of architecture, like Rajputana and Islamic architecture. All the Havelis are made using yellow sandstone and have beautifully carved facades and beautiful oriel windows. The beauty of these Havelis is truly unmatched. The Havelis' spectacular architecture speaks of artisans' creativity and innovation in those times.
Famous Havelis in Jaisalmer
Patwon Ki Haveli
The most significant of Jaisalmer's Havelis is Patwaon Ki Haveli, an intriguing piece of architecture. Along the old Silk Road in Jaisalmer, the Patwas were wealthy merchants. For more than 60 years, they constructed the Patwon Ki Haveli. In 1805, affluent banker Guman Chand Patwa founded this Haveli. He commanded the building of a unique haveli for each of his five sons. A businessman currently owns one Haveli, one is under the Archaeological Survey of India, and the remaining three are still in the hands of his sons.
Nathmal Ki Haveli
The Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli is a masterpiece of stonework. This ornate two-story Haveli was built in 1885 AD by Maharawal Barisal and given to National, his Diwan. The majesty and status of the diwan are symbolized by stone elephants on either side of the Haveli's platform. In this Haveli, Nathimal's seventh generation resides. As a result, we were not permitted to enter. But from the outside, we can see the Haveli.
Salam Singh Ki Haweli (Moti Mahal)
Salam Singh, the able prime minister of Jaisalmer, while serving as the princely state's capital, built the Salam Singh ki Haveli. The current Haveli was constructed on the ruins of an earlier haveli built in the late 17th century. The Jaisalmer-based Mehta family resided in the newly created structure, which was completed in 1815.
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