Monday, October 31, 2011

Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

When in Jaisalmer, our guide took us through the several narrow lanes. We were not sure where he was taking us and when we reached the destination what was in front of us was stunning. We had heard a lot about Havelis of Jaisalmer but were certainly not prepared for this architectural extravaganza.

We were in front of magnificent Patwon ki Haveli. This was built by Guman Chand Patwathe well-renowned dealers in brocade, gold and silver embroidery during those times.
Built between 1800 and 1860 this five-storey mansion has five suites for the five sons of the merchant.

This beautiful sandstone mansion is carved and pieced together with in different patterns. This difference is undone by the perfect harmony in architecture.


The lavish haveli showcases their beauty of craftsmanship in the stone carving. It surely hypnotizes one and all with its charm. No two windows are same.

Every window has something different to offer.
It reflects the unique architecture of traditional Jaisalmer. The splendid monument adds to the old glory and grandeur of the place.

It is not possible to capture every detail of this marvel in camera. One has to be there in person to really enjoy it.


56 comments:

अरूण साथी said...

nice

Sridharan said...

Wow.. What an intricate work. true Rajesh.. One has to be in person to enjoy its beauty. But you have done enough justice to bring it to us.. Thanks..!

Team G Square said...

Just awesome.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Imposing.

joshi daniel said...

nice and royal!

Zuzana said...

These are stunning structures, the details are so intricate.
I often wonder how you can travel so much, you must be fortunate enough to have a sound economy and a lot of free time.;))
xoxo

joo said...

I'm always impressed by the beauty of these ornaments!

DeeBee L. said...

Extravaganza is the word i agree! It looks like stone lace, beautiful!

George said...

This is a magnificent structure. The whole is simply stunning. The details you were able to capture are fascinating.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Remember visiting these Haveli's in the year 2002. Magnificent intricate architecture. Those days I had film roll & photo prints. Must be lying in some carton some where !
Digital Cameras have transformed photography with features like edit, sharpen,add color,brighten etc etc.

Lowell said...

Well, you've certainly done a good job showing us the grandeur of this place...it really is quite unbelievable. I wonder how long it took to build this! Can't imagine living in a place so ornate!

Aakash @ Love poems said...

Wow! Awesome pics, Rajesh .. These are so beautiful, great job :)

Ebie said...

...but your photos are great and makes me feel like I am there looking at the intricate details.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful pictures! Jaisalmer has some lovely buildings.

Carver said...

I think you did an excellent job of capturing the exquisite mansion.

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible place, Rajesh! And as always your captures are awesome! What a beautiful look at your world! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Joyful said...

Such beautiful grandeur.

aka Penelope said...

The differing facades at each window are, indeed, unique. Each of the five sons was very fortunate to have a separate suite of his own to call home.

magiceye said...

it sure is amazing!

ladyfi said...

Wow - so much ornate beauty! Fabulous details in these shots.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Fabulous! I wonder if my daughter, who has just returned from a Rajasthan trip, has seen this...

Blogtrotter Two wanders currently around pre-historical Corsica, where it seems all this mess around will be leading us to... ;). Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Leovi said...

Wow! Beautiful photos, stunning work of art, a true marvel.

Indrani said...

Fantastic!
It definitely is a great place.

Anna said...

Wow what a beautiful windows !
Such windows we do not have here in the Netherlands...
Greetings from Holland,
Anna

anthonynorth said...

The detail is as impressive as the structure itself. Marvellous.

Mar said...

Now that's a mansion! what beautiful details and arquitecture.

P is for...

Nanka said...

Marvelous!! Very intricate and so decorative!! Looks like a posh place to live in!!

Roger Owen Green said...

imPRESSive.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

This is unbelieveable architecture! I agree that it must be stunning to be right there in front of it. Have a phenomenal week,

Leslie
abcw team

sappy said...

Those times bore many witnesses of excellence and royal outlook.Very sad to say,our buildings today are very unhealthy.

Reader Wil said...

These buildings are so beautiful and the parts you show are like made of lace instead of sandstone.

Jo Bryant said...

wow - really amazing

Al said...

That certainly is worth seeing, nice shots.

Hazel said...

Beautiful structures! India is filled with so many of these.

Francisca said...

With Patwon ki Haveli you created the Perfect P post for us, Rajesh!

Ash said...

My God, that is truly magnificient!

Joy said...

Magnificent, opulence and craftsmanship. I love the subtle differences in the windows.

JM said...

I definitely agree with you, you have to see this in person, it's just gorgeous!

NISHA MAHARANA said...

beautiful.

capturedalive said...

The creativity of the old cannot be matched by the new dont you think?

Pheno

Jama said...

Very intricate design, it takes more than someone with creative talent to do this! awesome!

Romina said...

Very creative design of the mansion. It's beautiful and rare design.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the wonderful craftsmanship.

Zuzana: Some of these travels are which I have done earlier.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Such beautiful architecture! ♥

Mary said...

Oh how beautiful! Such intricate carving!

Snap said...

WOWOWOWOW! Amazing!

Genie said...

Now this is one awesome piece of architecture. You continue to amaze me with ll of the gorgeous buildings you share with us week after week. This has to be one of the finest you have shown us. I love it. genie

ladyfi said...

Wow -- this is just amazing. Such intricacy!

Pat said...

What beautiful ornate architecture!

Geeta Singh said...

out of sight architecture!!

D.Nambiar said...

This really is an architectural marvel. I remember trying to capture the full height of this building back in the days when I had a camera that couldn't zoom out.:)
Love these pictures, Rajesh.

Seema said...

very beautiful

Vetrimagal Vetrimagal said...

Your pictures took me bak to 2003, when I stood there, amazed at those artistic buildings. I was simply standing inside the courtyard, looking up and wondering, how did they live here? How many people would have manned this mansion?

And where all they have disappeared!

Beautiful captures, I will cherish this page.

Vetrimagal/Gardenerat60

Kusum said...

Yes! I had been to this place and my reaction was the same! It is so very awesome!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Stunning!!! What details!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation. It is pleasure to watch the so intricately carved mansion.