Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli is one of the havelis in Jaisalmer that manages to attract a large number of tourists. It is located in the heart of Jaisalmer. it is highly appreciated for its marvelous architecture and intricate carvings. It was constructed by two Muslim brothers in the 19th century, the splendid Haveli served as the residence of the then
Prime Minister of the City, Diwan Mohata Nathmal.
There is an interesting story regarding its construction, it is said that the two brothers started building different facets of haveli simultaneously. As in those days, there were no such instruments which could keep a track on continuity and thus when this building came up finally it had an irregular shape. In spite of its irregular, this haveli is still considered the best in Jaisalmer in terms of grandeur. There are other minute details which are worth appreciation such as two elephants made of yellow stone, pictures engraved on pillars and walls. Pictures consist of horses, cattle, and depiction of flora among other things. But the most interesting aspect of this haveli is the drawing of modern amenities such as cars, fans etc. It is said and believed that the Architect brothers dint see these things ever in their life and engraved it with mere help of their descriptions given by people who had seen it. Thus the architecture present in this haveli is quite different from the
one popular in other parts of Jaisalmer. The workmanship of Jaisalmer havelis is an amalgam of both Rajput architectures as well as Islamic art that was imported via the
traders’ caravan through the desert.