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.