Salim Singh Ki Haveli Jaisalmer The various stately homes and havelis of Jaisalmer is a reflection of the fact that the city is an integral part of the rich history of Rajasthan. We had come out to get a taste of these havelis. Salim Singh ki Haveli is a magnificent 300 year old piece of architecture. The historical importance of haveli along with its architectural wonder makes it one of the most popular havelis in Jaisalmer. During our tour of Jaisalmer, we visited in this famous. In fact, Jaisalmer’s trips are often considered incomplete without a visit to this haveli.
The palace was built by Salim Singh. He built this palace during his regime as a prime minister of Jaisalmer. By visiting the haveli, you will also have the opportunity to learn a lot about the taste of Salim Singh. You will also learn how shrewd Salim Singh was. However, his growing ambitions proved to be his enemy as he was killed for his growth aspirations for the throne.
The various architectural features of Salim Singh ki Haveli is a great attraction for tourists. The haveli is a blue dome roof. It also has beautiful stone inlays, beautiful wall paintings and half-timbered wall paintings. The walls with shelf can not be ignored or as they are exemplary of excellent craftsmanship. We witness a chiseled screen of windows decorated with minute details will also be a pleasure for the eyes. These functions will be a testimony to the salient features of Salim Singh ki Haveli.
Salim Singh ki Haveli also has a number of rooms, corridors and frescoes. However, as the story goes, haveli previously had two other stories. Currently it has only five stories as the two upper levels have been demolished as per the king’s order. The various architectural features often make visitors wonder about the skills of the craftsmen. The haveli also means the excellent skills of the artisans of the time.
Historical Background about Salim Singh Ki Haveli
At one point, Jaisalmer was the capital of Rajasthan, and the prime minister in 1815 was Salim Singh. He created a mansion with distinctive architecture, making the haveli a must-visit place. Interestingly, the legend has it that Salim Singh was not a very nice person. Having gone through childhood trauma, where he watched his father being killed by royal officials, he grew up hating the royals and wanted to avenge his father’s death by overthrowing the king.
When he became the prime minister, he was vicious and cruel in his dealings with the people of the city, making him notorious for not being a nice person. In his quest for vengeance, he set out to build himself a structure, the haveli, which looked even grander than the King’s residence. He also ordered two extra stories to be built so that his haveli was taller than that of the king’s – which did not go down well at all with the king.
The royals were treated with great reverence and it was not heard of for people to try to slow them down – so the king ordered the demolition of the top two stories. This ended up making Salim Singh hate the king even more. Interestingly though, the structure is so beautiful, it seems almost strange that it could be built as a sign of vengeance!