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Manak Chowk, Jaisalmer: Manak Chowk outside the Jaisalmer fort is the centre of local activity and is also a landmark through which one can reach the lanes where the famous carved havelis of Jaisalmer mentioned-above are to be found.

Built mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries, Patwon-ki-Haveli is the best with a beautiful latticed façade, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli has an arched roof held up by well-excluded brackets shaped like peacocks while Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, has two wings, quite similar to each other but facing opposite sides guarded by elephants made up of yellow sandstone.

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.