Elegant and Luxurious Havellis in Jaisalmer

For many centuries, Rajasthan was ruled by the Rajput Maharajas who lived in luxurious and splendid Havellis. Most of these architectural structures are still present in Rajasthan. It is the epitome of the rich cultural heritage of the country. There are many beautiful Havellis in the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Some of the most popular Havellis in Jaisalmer include the Patwon-Ki-Havelli, Salim Singh-Ki-Havelli, Nathmal-Ki-Havelli and so forth.

Patwon-Ki-Havelli

Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

The Patwon-Ki-Havelli was built in between 1800 and 1860 by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons. It is one of the most attractive tourists’ destinations in Jaisalmer. The Patwon-Ki-Havelli is a group of five Havellis. The biggest Havelli was built by Guman Chand and it is known to be the most ostentatious palace in Jaisalmer. According to history, the emperor built five separate Havellis for his five sons. The entire construction was completed in a span of sixty years.

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Parsurampura – For Oldest Wall Paintings

Parsurampura is nearly 43 kilometers South East from Mandawa and 20 kilometers from Nawalgarh. It is a town in Jhunjhunu district. This place is known for its oldest paintings in entire region. The moment you step out of bus from Bus Stand, you can start your tour with Shamji Saraf Haveli. This haveli dates back to 18th century and one can see Hindu gods’ as well European men and women painted on walls.

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Wall Painting in One of Parsurampura Havelis

Chhatri of Thakur Sardul Singh, about 50 meters from haveli features beautiful paintings. These paintings show lives of various gods. Colors used in these paintings are completely natural and dates back to 18th Century. For the romantics, there is story of Dhola Maru depicted in these paintings. Story of Dhola Maru is a tale similar to Romeo and Juliet and very popular in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan. A word of caution, this place is locked and you will need to take the key from caretaker, Mr. Banwari Lal. This person has maintained the place single handedly. One can use a clean toilet here. If possible, we advise you to donate some money here.

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Shekhavati – Northern Rajasthan for Tourists

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Painting on A Room's Gate inside Haveli

Northern Rajasthan is extremely rich in artwork especially in smaller towns. Contrary to typical expectation of a tourist, smaller towns in this area of Shekhawati are rich in art. Northern Rajasthan has fabulous buildings which were erected by rich merchants, who often traveled on routes from Gujarati Ports. If you are visiting or planning to visit this part of Rajasthan, look out for Havellis, Baoris (step-wells), Chhatris (cenotaphs) and Mosques. Few places that one must visit are,

  • Parsurampura
  • Ramgarh
  • Mukundgarh
  • Nawalgarh
  • Jhunjhunu
  • Mahansar
  • Fatehpur

In each of these places you will see colored Havellis, typical rural culture and architecture of early days. Havelli of Ram Gopal Poddar in Ramgarh will enthrall you with magnificent paintings. Fort of Rajah Mukund Singh in Mukundgarh is worthy of a visit. It is spread over 2 acres and represents a testimony to glory of kings. This fort is nearly 300 years old and has been converted to Hotel where one can stay. Handicrafts market is a great stop for shopping. Kanoria Havelli in Mukundgarh is very interesting. One can entertain oneself with Puppet Shows or by sitting at pool side.

Nawalgarh has one of the fines frescos in whole region.  In Nawalgarh, you can visit the Eco farm as well. Ramesh Janid runs a travel agency and the resort. All means of alternate energy generation are used here. One can eat vegetarian meal, hire a vehicle and roam further with a guide. Few places you should not miss in Nawalgarh are:

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