MANAK CHOWK - JAISALMER

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Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Attraction: Carved Havelies
Developed In: 18th And 19th Century


Outside the fort is the main market place called Manak Chowk, which is the centre of local activity. From Manak Chowk, one can walk into the lanes where the famous carved havelis are to be found. Each haveli's facade differs from other. Built mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries, the carving in the havelis of Jaisalmer is of a very superior quality. Patwon-ki-Haveli is one of the most exquisite havelis with a beautiful latticed facade. Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is just three centuries old, and is still inhabitated. Its arched roof is held up by well excluded brackets in the form of peacocks.

Nathmalji-ki-Haveli was built by two architect brothers, each concentrating on opposite sides. Yellow sandstone tuskers guard the haveli. These Havelis cluster along the narrow, cobbled alleys of the city, and their fine carved balconies all but one meet across the lanes of this picturesque town.




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