Jaisalmer- The Golden City
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli (Moti – Mahal)
The Salim Singh Ki Haveli has constructed about 300 years ago in 1815 and has been named after its owner, Salim Singh Mohta. This haveli was built out of the remains of an older haveli present here that belonged to the 17th century, near the Jaisalmer Fort. After a certain period of its construction, the Haveli was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer, which was said to be the most influential family of their time.
This haveli is mainly known for its unique architectural design, in which its roof has been constructed in the form of a peacock, complemented by an exquisite pavilion. Salim Singh added two additional floors of wood to the original haveli to make it more spacious, grand and taller. The gateways of this Haveli are guarded by Jaisalmer Tuskers, which are made out of sand and stone and provides an appearance very close to living ones.
Its structure has 38 balconies, all with their unique designs and walls covered with imperial paintings of the Mughal style. The front facet of the haveli resembles a ship stern due to which it is also referred to as Jahazmahal. Within the haveli, there is also a ‘Moti Mahal’. This place was the one where its owners used to enjoy royal dances. Architecturally notable residence built-in 1815 with a peacock-shaped roof & numerous balconies. Salim Singh ki Haveli is one of the most well-known places in Jaisalmer and has been on the top of lists for being an amazing destination. It is located at the heart of the Jaisalmer city, near the Jaisalmer railway station. The various stately homes and havelis of Jaisalmer is a reflection of the fact that the city is an integral part of the rich history of Rajasthan. One of the most ambitious constructions of its times, the Haveli is so magnificent, that it even invited the ruler’s envy during its era.
Jaisalmer- The Golden City
Jaisalmer is a princely state in the western Indian State of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert known as the Golden City. It is distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. The “Queen of Thar” Jaisalmer is inarguably the best travel destination in Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. This fort contains
a royal palace and several ornate Jain Temples. Many of the houses and temples of both the fort and of the town below are built of finely sculptured sandstone. It is the largest district of Rajasthan and 3rd largest district by territorial region in the country,
hugged on the west & south-west by the Pakistani Border. Tourism is a major industry in Jaisalmer. It is one of the most
peferred event- organising destinations in Rajasthan. Roadies, Balika Vadhu, Maharana Pratap, and several movies were also been shot in various location and hotels of Jaisalmer. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live. Some of the attractions in Jaisalmer that you must visit are
Jaisalmer Government Musuem, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haweli, Patwon ki Haveli, Mandir Palace, Jian temples of Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake, Bada Bagh, Desert National Park, Kuldhara Etc. Desert festival of Jaisalmer is the most awaited and famous cultural and colorful events that dominate the sand of Rajasthan and camel races, turban tying competitions are also organized. It is held in the month of February every year in Rajasthan. The desert festival in Jaisalmer has showcased Rajasthani folk songs and dance so it is a very attractive festival for foreign tourists. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three day long festival. This is the best time to visit Jaisalmer to witness performing arts like Kalbelia dances and folk songs and music.