The Intricately Sculpted Buildings Of The Desert Town

Once the desert kingdom is today a historical town full of finely carved sandstone buildings. Every building within the fort is a work of art. And outside the fort there are some magnificent havelis (mansions). The finely carved facades that you get to see here should be the finest in the country. The dry atmosphere and the availability of sandstone made this place a paradise for stone craftsmen. Often writers have narrated Jaisalmer as “Poetry in Stone” and rightfully so.

Here we show you some of the finely sculpted buildings of the town.

Patwon Ki Haveli

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that ‘Patwon ki Haveli’ is more ornate and luxurious than the palace complex of the royals. Gumanchand Patwa, one of the richest merchants & bankers of Jaislamer, built this mansion in the first half of the 19th century.

The six-storeyed mansion is in fact a set of five adjoining buildings. The intricately sculpted exteriors & heavily embellished interiors continue to tell the tale of their lavish lifestyle.

Rajmahal Palace

The most striking thing about this seven-storeyed palace complex is the intricately sculpted facade of the main building. Built between the 16th & 19th centuries, it comprises of several interconnected palaces. Unlike the other known palaces of Rajasthan, the palace apartments here don’t exude that level of grandeur.

However, if possible one shouldn’t forget to miss to take in the sweeping views of the town from the rooftop terrace.

Mandir Palace

This palace was built about two centuries ago. And just like the other historical buildings, it is beautifully sculpted. However, the most outstanding thing here is the ‘Tazia Tower’ situated in Badal Vilas which is a part of this palace. The chhatri-style five-storeyed tower is visible from every rooftop terrace of the town. Muslim craftsman built this and offered this as a present to the king of Jaisalmer.

Nathmal Ki Haveli

Hathu & Lallu were two craftsmen-brothers who built this haveli in the late 19th century. Each one of them created one side of the haveli. At first glance, the entire structure appears symmetrical. However, if you notice closely you’ll find different stonework on both sides.

This haveli belonged to a minister of Jaisalmer. The descendants continue to live in a section of the building and sell artefacts for livelihood.

Salam Singh Ki Haveli

There are many stories of Salam Singh of Jaisalmer, each one suggesting notoriety in his nature. He was undoubtedly a powerful prime minister in the royal court of Jaisalmer.

Unlike other havelis, here it is the top storey that is the highlight of the building instead of the facade. Peacock brackets supporting the topmost balcony and the blue cupolas capping the roof can’t be missed.

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