Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

The Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli, at the eastern end of the city, is a magnificent edifice that, like a wild flower, blossoms at the top. The haveli has the most astoundingly superb craftsmanship. The two upper storeys, called Rang Mahal and Kanch Mahal, had to be demolished to prevent a possible collapse. However, some historians opine that the Rawal saw through Salim Singh’s scheme to rival the glory of the fort. Whatever may be the case, even the surviving structure has unsurpassed splendor. Particularly noteworthy are the rows of peacocks below the jharokhas (projected arched balconies).