Nathmalji Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, or the Golden City of Rajasthan is known for its rustic lifestyle and the golden edges of the Thar Desert. At the heart of this city lies one of the architectural grandeurs of Rajasthan, the Nathmal-ki-Haveli.
Spend some significant time at Nathmal-ki-Haveli if you want to deep dive into the culture and lifestyle of the sophisticated traders of Rajasthan, who considered themselves no lesser than the monarchs.
History of Nathmalji Ki Haveli
The haveli is named after Mohata Nathmal, who was the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer at that time. The haveli was constructed by his brothers, named as Lulu and Hathi. There is an interesting story behind the irregular shape of the haveli, it is believed that the brothers simultaneously started building this haveli but as did not have instruments to keep a track, ended up making a unique shaped building.
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Nathmal-ki-Haveli is considered as the epitome of architectural splendour in Jaisalmer, while the exterior is engraved with delicate carvings, the interior is elegant with rich paintings. There are several intricate designs and details which are seen at the walls and ceilings of the house. As you step into the house, you will find couple of yellow stone elephants at the entrances, as if guarding the haveli. These life size statues are not only grand but lively as well.
Within the haveli, there are numerous pillars which are decorated with pictures of horses, cattle and flowers, these images are hand painted and beautiful to look at. Also, the paintings give a hint of the lifestyle of the Rajasthanis at that time.
One of the most surprising elements of this haveli is that you can find paintings of fans and cars on the walls and pillars, which gives a hint that modern amenities have started entering the life of Rajasthan. Nathmal-ki-Haveli is a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, which had gradually entered the state through the desert roads.
Nathmal-ki-Haveli is made from yellow sandstone and gives a glowing yellow hue under the bright sunrays.
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Shopping in Jaisalmer
The family residing at Nathmal-ki-Haveli now sells souvenirs and hence you can carry a piece of the haveli with you. Paintings and memoirs are the primary items which are sold here.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in winters is pleasant, tourists should visit the Jaisalmer between the month of November to February as the summers are extremely hot in Jaisalmer because of the presence of the Thar desert.
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Nathmal-ki-Haveli is open for visitors from 8 AM in the morning till 6 PM in the evening.
As you have special guides with you from Palace on Wheels luxury train, the trip becomes more hassle free and it is easier to understand the significance of the paintings and the statues.
Some of the other attractions at Jaisalmer includes the Jaisalmer Fort, Tazia Tower, Gadsisar Lake, Jain Temples, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Bada Bagh, Government Museum and a serene evening at the Sam sand dunes, enjoying local song and dance, riding camels.
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