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					The Havelis of Rajasthan are the symbol of rich culture and heritage which reminds of
the glory and splendour of yesteryears. Colourful, magnificent and grand Havelis are
a testimony to the glorious royal history of Rajasthan. The most famous of all the
havelis in Rajasthan is one and only Patwa Haveli of Jaisalmer. The Patwon Ji ki
Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the
havelis in Jaisalmer. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane.
This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various
purposes. The office
of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in
the haveli itself.

Introduction

Rajasthan and in particular Jaisalmer is well known for its rich culture and intricately
designed marvels of the architecture, which have won Jaisalmer a distinctive place in
the hearts of tourists from around the world. One such marvel is the truly royal and
magnificent cluster of Patwa Havelis. Patwa Havelis are a cluster of five havelis
aligned in a narrow lane in the heart of the city. Of the five havelis, the first haveli in
the lane aka the Kotharis Patwa Haveli is not only extraordinarily preserved and
restored but is also open to visitors to experience the lifestyle of the erstwhile patwas.

Kotharis Patwa Haveli is one of the finest, oldest and the largest havelis in Jaisalmer,
which is full of artistic work in each corner, be it gracefully carved pillars, faade or
the balconies (Jharokhas). Kotharis Patwa Haveli bears expensive decorated items
that were imported from various countries. The murals and interiors have derived
inspiration from the Rajputi, Mughal as well as Victorian architecture.

Museum and Merchandise

Kotharis Patwa Haveli has been privileged in welcoming and entertaining various
visitors from all walks of life. Currently the Kotharis Patwa Haveli is accessible as a
museum housing exclusive furnishings and accessories of the erstwhile patwas. A
section of the Kotharis Patwa Haveli offers visitors a chance to shop for authentic
Rajasthani textiles and handicrafts, from the trading of which the erstwhile patwas
made a fortune. Kotharis Patwa Haveli is widely considered the Taj Mahal of
Jailsalmer. A visit to Jaisalmer is incomplete without seeing the intricately ornate
Kotharis Patwa Haveli. While the Testimonial section displays the assortment of the
comments and views of some of the dignitaries who have visited the Kotharis Patwa
Haveli, Lonely Planet in its 2009 edition has specifically appreciated the beauty of the
Kotharis Patwa Haveli. The extract of the section is reproduced below:

"Most magnificent of all the havelis, its stone work like honey-coloured lace,
Patwa-ki-Haveli towers over a narrow lane. It was build between 1800 and 1860 by
five Jain brothers who were brocade and jewellery merchants. It's most impressive
from the outside. The first of the five sections is opened as the privately owned
Kothari's Patwa Haveli Museum (Indina/foreigner Rs 40/100, camera/video Rs30/40;
9am-6pm), which richly evokes 19th-century life. Next door is the forlorn and empty
(apart from pigeons and bats) government-owned haveli (indian/foreigner Rs10/50). "

				
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