Best time to visit10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Open hours8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Things to doHistory tours, photography
BudgetRS 10/- for Indians, RS 15/- foreign tourists, RS 50/- per still camera, 100 per camcorder
Best MonthsSeptember - February
Traveller TypesCouples, Families
Rank24 out of 68 attractions in Jaisalmer
Another beautiful gem of Jaisalmer, this mansion was built by Salim Singh in the year 1815 when Jaisalmer was the capital of the Rajput Kingdom. Salim Singh was the Prime Minister of the court at that time and this was his residence. The specialty of this mansion that makes it stand out from others is the fact that the bricks and stones of this are not joined with cement and mortar. They are joined with long and strong iron rods. The mansion is so huge that it is said the king was also jealous of it. It is also one of the most innovative buildings of that era. The theme from which the design of the mansion was inspired is a dancing peacock. The 38 balconies projecting out resembles a peacock dancing. The intricate designs of the walls and pillars are also remarkable.
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Take a peek at the artistry and architecture of the Salim Singh ki Haveli in Jaisalmer
If there is one thing you cannot miss in Jaisalmer, it is the unique Salim Singh ki Haveli. This 300-year-old palace has a beautiful and usual shape. It is narrow at the bottom and spreads out into huge balconies with carved brackets that look like peacocks. Built by the then prime minister of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh, the design of this haveli is sound in terms of both security and aesthetics. The palace is at a walkable distance from Jaisalmer Fort's main gate. Though, you are not allowed to go inside, you can admire its delicate stone carvings from outside. It remains open from 8am to 6pm.Sneak in to an Amal Sabha and participate in the opium tradition of JodhpurIt is said that Amal Sabhas have been part of the Rajasthani culture for over 1,000 years. This traditional ceremony celebrates brotherhood and friendship in the community. The sabha is a small group of men, who get together, make a mix of opium resin and jaggery, water it down and then offer it around. The ambrosial liquid is first offered to Lord Shiva and then the eldest member of the gathering offers it to others in the group, who drink from his hand. While women are traditionally not allowed, it is not difficult to participate as a tourist. Some tour agencies offer this as part of their excursions, and since it is traditionally been part of local culture, even authorities choose to ignore it.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is famous for its intricate etched architecture and engraves on its arched ceilings.
Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli built in the late 17th century. The new building was built in the year 1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. They were the most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. The haveli has a distinct architecture. The roof has been constructed in the form of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the Jaisalmer Fort