Patwon ki Haveli Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer city is not just famous for its desert dunes like Sam & Khuri, but also for its Mansions (Havelis).
Inside Jaisalmer Fort, you will find 8 must-see Havelis and out of them, a group of 5, are rated as the best. These are Patwon ki Havelis.
In 1805 AD, Mr Guman Chand Patwa, who was a famous merchant of gold, silver (& some even suggested opium) built a total of 5 Havel’s for his 5 sons and made sure that his mansions were the best then all other haveli’s like Nathmal Haveli, Salim Singh haveli etc in whole Jaisalmer.
Today, all travellers who plan a Jaisalmer Fort tour, Patwon Havelis is rated as the top site to see.
Currently, Patwon haveli has been turned into a museum (maintained by ASI) & is one of the most visited landmark of Jaisalmer.
Below you will find all information like Patwon havelis timings, location, things to see, nearby hotels along with details history & facts.
The entry fee to visit Patwon ki Haveli is:
- Rs 20 for Indian tourists
- Rs 100 for Foreign tourists
Patwon ki Haveli is in Jaisalmer Fort & you can take a taxi or go walk inside Jaisalmer Fort to reach Patwon ki Haveli.
Timings to visit Patwon ki Haveli is from 8:30 am in the morning to 6.30 pm in the evening, and the best time to visit this Haveli is from 11 am to 1 pm, as most travellers come here as a part of their morning to noon Jaisalmer Fort tour.
Attractions of Patwon ki Haveli are the five havelis, which are next to each other, & the architecture of each of these havelis is worth seeing.
Inside these havelis, you will see:
- Mirror work
- Wall carvings
- Wall sculptures and other delicate artwork.
Pay special attention to the wonderful carvings on the jharokhas (balconies), ceilings, pillars, gateways and intricate jali designs.
From all these havelis, you can stand in their balconies (jharokhas) and view the courtyard below.
Patwon ki Haveli is in Jaisalmer Fort & it takes just 10 minutes to come here by cab from Jaisalmer Railway Station.
The location of Patwon ki Haveli is inside Jaisalmer Fort & you can Click here to view its GPS location on Google Maps.
If you want to stay in hotels close to Patwon ki Haveli, then you must check out:
- Hotel Lalgarh Fort And Palace
- Hotel Pleasant Haveli
- 1st Gate Home- Fusion
- Hotel Victoria
- Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli
Plus, you can also choose from these top hotels recommended by travellers like you:
- Hotel Killa Bhawan
- The Gulaal
- Hotel Radhika
- Jasmin Home
- Hotel Royal Haveli
Patwon ki Haveli was built in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, who was a famous trader and merchant of Jaisalmer. He built five havelis for all his five sons, and Patwon ki Haveli is actually a name given for group of these five havelis.
All these five havelis were built in a span of 50 years. All havelis have beautiful Rajasthani architecture and inside you will find rich decoration in all the chambers and rooms. There is eye-catching mirror work and beautiful wall paintings in all the havelis.
The jharokhas or balconies are the most beautiful part of these havelis, and there are more than 60 such jharokhas. All have gorgeous jaali designs, and you can stand in these jharokhas and view the courtyard below.
The gateways and pillars too have amazing carvings. The ceilings are also decorated with colourful paintings and sculptures. One of these havelis has a museum where you can see many antique objects and items that were used in those days.
Patwon ki Haveli is well maintained structure, and you are allowed to do photography inside the havelis. Overall, visiting Patwon ki Haveli will let you come to know of the kind of lifestyle that rich merchants of Jaisalmer led in the past.