The Havelis of Jaisalmer are yellow sandstone mansions built by he wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer in the 18th and 19th centuries. They have an unmatched beauty and known for their exquisite sandstone facades, oriel windows and jaldi screens. They are a perfect example of the elegant medieval architecture created by a community of masons, the Silvats.
Patwon ki Haveli is one of the largest and most majestic of all mansions, built in 1805 by a Jain merchant. The name comes from the Jain merchant who traded jewels and fine brocade and earned a fortune. It has finely carved balconies, pillars and chambers. The shape, size and style make it one of the most photographed Haveli in Rajasthan.
Nathmal ki Haveli is another Haveli, built in the 19th century for the Prime minister. It is a projection of the finest craftsmanship by the then artisans. Hathu and Lallu, the two brothers constructed the left and right of the Haveli respectively. It has a decorative facade two sandstone elephants guarding the entrance and many fine paintings of flowers, birds, soldiers etc.