Founded In: About 300 years ago
Rajasthan is home to some of the most magnificent havelis (mansions) in
the whole of India. One such haveli is the Patwon ki Haveli, or Salim
Singh ki Haveli, situated in the city of Jaisalmer. Infact, it is
considered to be the one of the largest as well as the finest haveli of
Rajasthan. The haveli has been named after Salim Singh, the prime
minister of the erstwhile state of Jaisalmer. Patwon ki Haveli is
beautifully constructed and stands covered with an arched roof.
Exquisitely carved brackets, in the shape of peacocks, adorn its roof.
Salim Singh ki Haveli comprises of five stories presently. However, it
is said that initially, the haveli was seven stories high. The two
additional wooden stories made the haveli as high as the palace of the
Maharaja of Jaisalmer. Upset by this fact, the Maharaja ordered the
demolition of the two topmost stories. Located just below the hill,
Patwon ki haveli has been separated into six apartments that are
decorated with wonderful carvings. Two of these have been converted into
the office of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The owners of the Patwon ki haveli still occupy some of its apartments.
Beautiful paintings and dazzling mirror work festoon some of the inner
walls of the haveli. Then, we have the delicately carved pillars that
add to the magnificence of the haveli. One of the apartments also has
gorgeous friezes painted on its walls. The corridors of Salim Singh ki
Haveli are huge, its rooms massive and its hallways fascinating. Its
gateways are guarded by real-looking tuskers, which have been made of
There are a large number of balconies in the Patwon ki haveli,
numbering somewhere around thirty-eight. The most interesting feature is
that all the thirty-eight balconies have different designs. The frontal
facade of the haveli looks very much ship-stern, which has resulted in
it being referred to as the Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace) also. The
spectacular blue cupola roof dazzling with exquisite stone carvings,
screen windows and magnificent murals of the Patwon ki haveli definitely
make it a place worth visiting.