Patwa Havelis, Jaisalmer

1-DSC05161The Patwa Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is because of 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 Haveli for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years and all five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century.

These 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.1-DSC05158

2 thoughts on “Patwa Havelis, Jaisalmer

    • You are very correct because these are built with yellow colored sand stones! In fact all the buildings including the Fort are made with these stones and that’s why the city is known as Golden City! Thanks for stopping by and liking the post! 🙂

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