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Introduction
Jaisalmer, featuring Great Indian Desert has more than just the sand dunes. The place during the late medieval and early modern periods was dominated by rich Jain merchants. These merchants were very enthusiastic about constructing great living places. The best of the havelis were built by these people and they continue to fascinate people even now. These havelis, built in sandstone and carved to perfection are the best specimens to be found anywhere in the state. Havelis of Jaisalmer depict the prosperity of the Jain merchants and the luxury of living a comfortable life.

Havelis of Jaisalmer
Some popular havelis of Jaisalmer have been listed and given below :

Salem Singh Ki Haveli : The haveli is located towards the eastern end of the city. This magnificent building has a rich blue roof and carved brackets designed in peacock shapes. The haveli is built with yellow stone and its exteriors are delicately carved. There is a balcony projecting from the top storey. The haveli was built by the erstwhile Prime Minister of Jaisalmer - Salim Singh.
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Patwon Ki Haveli : This grand mansion is one of its kind in the Jaisalmer city. The haveli was built by the family of a rich merchant - Guman Chand Patwa. Putwa and his sons started the construction work in the year1800 A.D., and after six decades the mansion was all ready to stand high in glory. This mega structure features five suites and a number of balconies projecting from different storeys. Its intricately carved facade with pillars and balconies is one picture worth capturing. It is an open air museum and has preserved for centuries the heritage of the rich merchant class and the architecture of Rajasthan.

Nathmal Ki Haveli : This haveli was originally built by two brothers and feature two distinct compounds. The boundary however, has been dissolved by a common facade at the front. As most of the construction was done by Muslim artisans, it reflects the popular architecture and in certain aspects resemble the popular buildings made by the erstwhile Muslim rulers.

How to Reach the Havelis
The city is connected with roads and rails to other cities of Rajasthan. Once in the city you can avail the services of taxis and buses to reach the individual havelis.

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Features : Arranges for sigt-seeing trips in several cities including those of Rajasthan. Gives you two days leisure at Jaisalmer. You can visit the famous havelis and local tourist attractions here. Other cities covered in the package are Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Mandawa, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Mumbai. Travel assistance provided from arrival till departure. Other services include transportation, accommodation and catering.


Taj Mahal, Agra
Features : The package covers most of the tourist destinations of Rajasthan and nearby cities. The tour gives you a full day exploration of the havelis, Jain Temples and Gadisar Lake at Jaisalmer. The tour plan is as - Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha, Khajuraho, Varanasi. You will be seeing great many places in the entire tour.


Rajasthan Desert, Rajasthan
Features : An exciting tour in the vast desert stretches of Rajasthan. You will be exploring the famous havelis of Jaisalmer, travel through the famous Sam Sand Dunes here and to many other destinations. The camel safari will be an additional feature of this tour. The places covered in the tour include Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner.


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