Ranked 15 among Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
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Nathmal ki Haveli is an ornate architecture in the heart of the city Jaisalmer which is otherwise known as the land of the Golden Fort. It was commissioned to serve as the residence of the then prime minister Diwan Mohata Nathmal. The extraordinary exteriors dripping with carvings and the virtuoso work of the Haveli (similar on either side but not identical) with two elephants made of limestone guarding the entrance is the sight that every visitor is privileged to see.
As the name suggests, the architecture and carvings that adorn the fort of Jaisalmer are mostly built out of yellow sandstone. Thus when the sun rays fall on these structures, they radiate like gold. Apart from the extraordinary paintings using 1.5kg of gold leaf and carvings on walls, this confluence of the Islamic and Rajput style of architecture has an exciting story. It is said that the two architects, Hathi and Lulu started building two different facets of the building. Since there were no instruments those days to keep track of the continuity, the building came up in an irregular shape. Surprisingly, the paintings on the interior are depictions of modern amenities like cars and fans which the two architects had painted from the descriptions given to them by people who have seen it despite having never seen it themselves in real life. Interesting? Well, see it for yourself.
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