Location: In the heart of Jaisalmer near Railway station
How to reach: Take a rickshaw ride to avoid traffic jam
Attraction: Architecture, chiefly balconies
Timings: Early morning till 5 P.M.
Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli
built in the late 17th century. The new building was built in the year
1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. They were the
most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by
Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was
The haveli has a distinct architecture. The roof has been constructed
in the form of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the
Jaisalmer Fort. People claim that Salim Singh made two additional floors
in order to make it as high as the fort but the Maharaja did not take
this attempt in good spirit. He ordered the extra floors to be torn
down. Nevertheless we do not find enough evidence to corroborate the
Like other havelis in Jaisalmer, this too has tuskers guarding the
gateways. These are made of sand stones and look very close to the
original in appearance. The haveli consists of as many as 38 balconies
and they all have distinct designs for themselves. The front facet of
the haveli resembles ship stern and thus this haveli is also sometimes
referred as Jahazmahal.
The Salim Ji Ki Haveli is one of the most famous Havelis in Jaisalmer. Read the following paragraphs to know more about the Salim Singh ki haveli.