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The five-storied Patwon ki Haveli is the largest of its kind in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. It is one of the most elaborate and fascinating mansions in Jaisalmer. (Haveli is the term used for private residence in Pakistan and North India. The word haveli is of Persian origin).

Located on a narrow lane in the main Jaisalmer city, Patwon ki Haveli was constructed by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons between 1800 and 1860. Guman Chand was a famous trader of his times and dealt in gold, brocade and silver.

The entire haveli is and interesting grid of pillared halls, large corridors, lavishly chiseled ceilings and ostentatiously decorated walls. It isn't an exaggeration when the locals claim that no house built for human habitation anywhere in the world features carved stone decoration that surpasses the delicacy and intricacy of the Patwa haveli facades. - "The Best a Man can Fabricate".

Patwon ki Haveli is the stomping ground for the longest moustache in Jaisalmer. Measuring 4.5 feet, as claimed, it adorns the face of Ghana Ram Bhil, who you can see seated on the right, sporting a red turban & his hand guarding the spiraled mouchie. I think, viewers will enjoy seeing the tattered banner in the Workshop which screamed..."like father Karna Bhil, like son Ghana Ram". This facial hair growth sure is hereditary ;-). I did not ‘dare’ to go near Ghana Ram with my camera, as he charges Rs.200 for each shot & most of the photographers are,.... you guessed right,.... awe struck Western tourists!!!

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