Patwon-ki-Haveli is actually a complex of five houses, built for five sons of Guman Chand, a trader of jewelry and fine brocades. These are also the first such mansions to be built in Jaisalmer. Standing resplendent in its opulence, Patwon ki Haveli is a landmark in Jaisalmer. The five houses are spread over five storeys and took 50 years to complete. Even though the haveli is made of stone, it remains cool even at the height of summer, due to the fine carvings that were designed for good ventilation.
The construction work of Patwon-ki-Haveli was started by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy banker. It took almost 55 years to complete this masterpiece. After Guman Chand Patwa, the construction work of haveli was completed by his sons.
Patwon-ki-Haveli looks spectacular in its structure with numerous arches and gateways. The haveli has a total of 60 balconies. Here you can see a unique style of mirror work and ancient paintings. Mural work of the haveli is exceptional and can be seen in its arches, jharokas, balconies, and entry gates. The pillars and ceiling of the haveli have been beautified with intricate carvings whereas the archways and gates have miniature designs.
A part of the haveli complex is now a museum where artifacts, paintings, and crafts from the bygone era have been displayed.
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