Built about 300 years ago, the Patwon ki Haveli in Jaisalmer one of the largest and the most splendid haveli of Rajasthan. Also known as Salim Singh ki haveli of Jaisalmer, this haveli is adorned with beautifully arched roof having exquisitely carved brackets in the shape of peacocks. Salim Singh, the person after whom this haveli is named, was the prime minister of the princely state. The haveli (mansion) is located just below the hill. It is believed that at one point of time, the haveli had two additional wooden stories, making it as high as the palace of the king. However, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer got the upper stories torn down.
The Patwon ki haveli of Rajasthan is five stories high. Divided into
six apartments, the haveli is exquisitely carved. Two of the apartments
now house the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). A part of the haveli
is still lived in. Some of the inner walls of the haveli house paintings
as well as amazing mirror work. Apart from intricately carved pillars,
the haveli also has huge corridors and chambers. One of the apartments
of the haveli has gorgeous murals painted on its walls.