Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Patwa Haveli Interiors

It's all about keeping cool in Jaisalmer, as seen in the comfortable interiors of the Patwa Haveli, full photo at Travel Webshots. The Patwa Haveli was built between 1800 and 1860, by five Jain brothers who were brocade and jewellery merchants. This is the largest haveli in Jaisalmer, standing in a narrow lane, and is called the Taj Mahal of Jaisalmer.

The first of the five sections is opened as the privately owned Kothari's Patwa Haveli Museum, while the rest are occupied by the government. The office of the archeological survey of India and state art and craft department are situated in these. The five-storeyed Patwa Haveli has exquisite carvings and its design features include separate male and female quarters and a courtyard. The museum section exhibits the lifestyle of the Patwas, and their aesthetic taste, paid for by the rich pickings from the old trade routes of medieval Asia.

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