Location: In a narrow lane near Patwa Complex
How to reach: Take a rickshaw, better if you walk the distance
Attraction: Architecture and miniatures, balconies
Timings: Early morning till 5 P.M.
The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is
the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is precisely
because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in
Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5
small havelis. The first among these havelis was commissioned and
constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and
the most ostentatious. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was
a renowned trader of his time. He could afford and thus ordered the
construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were
completed in the span of 50 years. All five houses were constructed in
the first 60 years of the 19th century.
The havelis are also known as the 'mansion of brocade merchants'. This
name has been given probably because the family dealt in threads of gold
and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, there are theories,
which claim that these traders made considerable amount of money in
Opium smuggling and Money-lending.
This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane.
This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for
various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and
State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.
Nevertheless, even after these encroachments and abuse you can find a
good amount of paintings and mirror-works on the wall. The other
important aspects are its gateways and arches. You will notice
individual depictions and theme on each and every arch. Although the
whole building is made yellow sandstone, the main gateway of the Patwon
Ji ki Haveli is in brown color.