The Haveli Patwon Ji ki is a fascinating piece of architecture and is one of Jaisalmer’s most significant Havelis. That’s mainly because two things were built in Jaisalmer, the first is that it’s not just one haveli but a cluster of five tiny Havelis. The second is because of this. In 1805, Guman Chand Patwa commissioned and constructed the first of these Havelis, and it is the largest and most ostentatious of them. Patwa was thought to be a wealthy man and a successful trader of his day. For each of his 5 children, he could afford and ordered the construction of separate stories. All have been done for 50 years. In the first sixty years of the 19th century, all five houses were completed.
The Havelis are often referred to as ‘the brocade house of traders.’ The name was possibly given because the family dealt with gold and silver threads used in sticking robes. There is, however, speculation that these traders have made substantial contributions to Opium smuggling and the lending of capital.
This is Jaisalmer’s largest Haveli and is on a narrow road. The army, who use it for various purposes, currently occupies this haveli. The Haveli itself is situated in the office of the Indian Archaeology Survey and State History and Architecture Department.