"Jaisalmer, visiting the many Havelis" Top 5 Page for this destination State of Rajasthan Things to Do Tip by darthmilmo
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Jaisalmer is famous for many things and among them are the orated havelis, which were the homes of rich merchants of the region. These havelis are best seen from the outside though as the inside lacks the beautiful decorations seen on the outside. Among them, I visited Salim Sigh-Ki Haveli (ki=private, and haveli=house), which has an interesting array of peacock brackets. The Nathum-Ki Haveli not only has an interesting carved exterior, but it also has two stone elephants guarding its door. The Patwon-Ki Haveli is a massive groups of five intricately decorated houses all belonging to a group of 5 brothers.
I then stepped into the interesting Jawahir Villas (Badal Mahal), which is partially open to the public. This is the current residence of the Maharaya of Jaisalmer. The rooms you can see are intricately done with beautiful carvings and paintings. The Badal Mahal also ahs a nicely decorated 5 story high tower.
I had some extra time on another day so I proceeded to walk thru the Bazar on a mission to get lost and kill time. My guidebook was loosing some pages to the dry heat of the summer so I stopped at a store to get it fixed for less then 20 INR. I then stumbled across Gadi Sagar, a beautiful lake situated east of the fort. It has interesting bldgs and a Jain temple. The lake is an important water reservoir that feeds the town.
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