Take a tour of Royal Havelis of Jaisalmer in India – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
The "Golden City" of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India is the setting for some of the most beautiful homes in the world.
The grand mansions, locally called "havelis" are ornate and intricate.
They were built for wealthy merchants and politicians in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sandstone material features beautiful stone carvings, stone inlays, and ornamental lattice.
The style and architecture of the buildings give the impression that they rose out of the surrounding sand dunes.
The ancient Indian religion of Jainism has been influential on these buildings.
Step back in time when merchants and ministers built these palaces as a tribute to themselves.