Jaisalmer’s Golden Jewel, This Haveli-Turned-Museum Showcases The Legacy Of 19th Century Brocade Merchants

A must-visit destination for cultural enthusiasts and history buffs.

by Mallika Khurana
Jaisalmer’s Golden Jewel, This Haveli-Turned-Museum Showcases The Legacy Of 19th Century Brocade Merchants

Kothari’s Patwa Haveli is a true gem in the heart of Jaisalmer, a city known for its stunning cultural heritage and intricate architecture. Prepare to embark on a journey through time as you explore this majestic mansion’s rich history, intricate architecture, and vibrant culture. This haveli, the first of a cluster of five grand havelis built by prosperous merchant Guman Singh Patwa, is the oldest and largest of the group and offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Patwa family from the 19th century.

Discover The Majestic Past Of Kothari’s Patwa Haveli

Here, amidst the bustling streets of Jaisalmer, stands Kothari’s Patwa Haveli, the crown jewel of the Patwa Havelis cluster. Built between 1800 and 1860 by five Jain brothers, this grandiose mansion is a testament to the opulence and grandeur of Rajasthan’s merchant heritage.

The haveli showcases breathtaking architectural details like gracefully carved pillars, façades, and jharokhas (balconies). The stonework is often compared to honey-coloured lace, and it stands out in the narrow lane it faces. As you explore Kothari’s Patwa Haveli, you can immerse yourself in the world of 19th-century merchants. The museum features beautifully preserved furnishings, textiles, and handicrafts once belonging to the Patwa family. 

Rooms are adorned with murals, mirror work, and elaborate furnishings that recreate the lifestyle of the time. You’ll see musical instruments, board games, and even hidden safes tucked away in murals. The haveli’s elevated terraces offer stunning panoramic views of Jaisalmer, including the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort.

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A Walk Through Intricate Carvings And Regal Lifestyle

Walking through Kothari’s Patwa Haveli is like stepping back in time to experience the grandeur and elegance of 19th-century life. From the beautifully carved balconies to the interior decor, there’s no shortage of picturesque spots for your travel memories. Learn about Jaisalmer’s rich history, trade, and merchant life through the fascinating exhibits on display. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply a curious traveller, Kothari’s Patwa Haweli promises an unforgettable experience. It’s no wonder it is hailed as the “Taj Mahal of Jaisalmer.” 

So, add Kothari’s Patwa Haweli to your itinerary and prepare to embark on a journey through time and heritage.

Where: No. 3129, Opposite Choora Paada, Rajasthan
When: 9 am – 6:30 pm
Cost: starting at ₹20/per person

Cover Image Courtesy: Kothari’s Patwa Haveli/Instagram