Rajasthan has been the land of the maharajas and their nobles. The legends that surround these dashing inhabitants have now passed in to history-the mythical world of blood and blade, of battles won and of their undaunted spirit. But it was not just the battlefield that brought out the best in these brave warriors they gave equal attention to their residence. While the princes built the stately palaces and forts in their states- their nobles were not far behind in building suitably impressive havelis which were in keeping with their status.
All of Rajasthan is dotted with these marvelous monuments, each one an outstanding example of our rich architectural heritage.
The havelies not big enough to be rated as palaces, and too elaborated to be called ordinary places of residence. Almost every little village has a haveli, the size and workmanship varying according to the status of the owner.
These havelis are intricately carved and frescoes are one important feature. Colored in various shades, the havelis look beautiful and quite conspicuous. Mirror work further adds to the charm of these places. Large corridors, pavilions and ceiling very much resemble that of the palaces. Multiple courtyards and fountains are typical of important ones.
Some popular havelis of Rajasthan have been listed and given below:
Alsisar Haveli | Nathmal Ki Haveli | Patwon Ki Haveli | Salim Singh Ki Haveli | Samode Haveli | The Piramal Haveli
Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur
Alsisar Haveli lies tucked away in the heart of the Pink City, Jaipur. It brings back to life the grandeur of the old days and is a memorable regal Rajasthani experience for the guests. Built in 1892, and refurbished in 1994, The Haveli has been aesthetically restored, incorporating in itself the grandeur of traditional Rajput architecture.
Grandson of Mahraja Udaikaran of Amer, the great warrior Rao Shekhaji, founded the sub-clan popularly known as Shekhawat.…more on Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur
Nathmal Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, Jaisalmer city is among the major tourist attractions in Rajasthan. It is marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climate conditions. The Sonar Quila fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately command your attention here. The city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis. Among many of them you will find Nathmalji ki Haveli most striking.…more on Nathmalji ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis with conspicuous facades.
Not only the princes but even the merchants prospered and their riches were displayed in the exquisitely carved and ornamented havelis which they built.…more on Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
As you walk past the tuskers guarding the gateways you would be walking in to a haveli that made the residence of the Mohata family, the ministers of Jaisalmer rulers.
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.…more on Salim Singh ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Samode Haveli, Jaipur
The Samode Haveli was built over 150 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singhji, a Prime Minister in the Jaipur court, who belonged to the family of Samode, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the Kacchawala Rajputs.
It was built as the Samode Royal familys suburban manor house and was converted into a heritage hotel in 1988.…more on Samode Haveli, Jaipur
The Piramal Haveli, Shekhawati
Shekhawati is a tourist’s paradise. The land of the Shekha is laced with innumerable beautiful havelis or grand mansions, that is guaranteed to capture one’s imagination. It is a heaven for a true connoisseur of art and architecture. A riot of colors encapsulates the spirit of this vibrant landscape. Exquisitely embellished havelis mushroomed during the eighteenth century and former half of the twentieth.
Piramal Haveli was the home of Seth Piramal Chaturbhuj Makharia (1892-1958) whose fortune was made in Bombay, trading in cotton, opium, silver and other commodities. Built in the Rajasthani-colonial style, The Piramal Haveli is an 8-room non-hotel.…more on The Piramal Haveli, Shekhawati
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