SUBJECT :Patwan Ki Haveli Complex - February, 2016 



Patwan Ki Haveli Complex is a showcase of Rajasthan’s vernacular architecture in 19th century. It’s an integrated 5 mansion magnificent traditional haveli structured in a span of 60 years. Located in Jaisalmer, the haveli gives a glimpse of the rich lifestyle, aesthetic and cultural fusion of that era.  The haveli was built by the Guman Chand Patwa for his five sons, who merchandise brocade and jewelry up to Afghanistan in West and China in North.  

Patwan Ki Haveli has been made of Jaisalmer yellow sandstone. The haveli exhibits elaborate filigree work on stone, beautiful mirror work and exquisite paintings. The entrance of the haveli features a beautiful arched gateway with a delicately carved façade. The multistoried buildings are constructed in traditional style of rooms around the central courtyard adorned with lattice/ jaalis carvings allow ample light and fresh air to enter the rooms. The haveli has as many as 60 balconies/ jharokhas that overlook the street and courtyard. In consideration to the climate of Jaisalmer, the floors are made of mud and wood has been used for the roofs so that the havelis remain cool in summers and warm in winters. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. Fretwork covers every square inch of available space, solid or perforated. These are, perhaps, the last truly great Indian buildings constructed without any European influence.

Presently, one of the mansions in the complex serves as a museum and a shop with antique furniture and goods. Out of five, two havelis are under the Archaeological Survey of India and one serves as private accommodation. The haveli has been beautifully preserved over the centuries, and conserves the grandeur and the richness with which it was built.

World standards, extraordinary architecture, innovative layouts, and well-thought execution make this place a highly coveted point of tourist interest.