The beautiful mansions built by
Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis' and several of
these fine sandstone buildings are still in beautiful condition. Patwon
ki Haveli is the most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer
havelis. It stands in a narrow lane and one of its apartments is painted
with beautiful murals - unfortunately, at present, the building is
closed up and not lived in. Salim Singh ki Haveli was built about 300
years ago and is still partially lived in.
Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of a
princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb
carved brackets inn the form of peacocks. The mansion is just below the
hill and, it is said, once had two additional wooden storeys in an
attempt to make it as high as the Maharaja's Palace. The Maharaja of
Jaisalmer had the upper storeys turned down!
The late 19th century Nathmal ki Haveli was also a prime minister's
house. The left and right wings of the building were carved by brothers
and are very similar but not identical. Yellow sandstone elephants guard
the building and the front door alone is a work of art.
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