History of 'The Lal Haveli'


'The Lal Haveli' has been one of the most prominent buildings of the Old Pink City of Jaipur (Rajasthan). So much so that till date people in Jaipur often refer to the family members as "Lal Haveli Wale Kasliwal Family" (Kasliwal Family of Lal Haveli). The owners of The Lal Haveli have always played a key role in the upliftment of the City and its people. It was considered as the fulcrum during the freedom movement.


The Lal Haveli was purchased by [Late] Munshi Dhanna Lal Kasliwal (Faujdar) way back in Samvat 1928 (Year 1871) by a registered document from the then State of Jaipur for Rs. 2,000 (Kaldar). He was born on Dhanteras Kartik Krishan Samvat 1901 (Friday 09th November 1844) at Fareh (Mathura). Soon after purchase, he made several changes in the Eastern side of the Lal Haveli. This portion of Haveli is built on a 6 feet high pedestal. This Haveli was always known as the tallest Haveli in the Walled city of Jaipur. It has two courtyards one in the Eastern side North facing portion and the other courtyard in the Western side portion facing West. The Sadar Darawaja of Haveli is on the Western side.


Munshi Dhanna Lal Kasliwal was a graduate & knew Eight languages and held high positions in the then State of Jaipur and was also appointed as 'Vakil' (Lawyer) in several matters from time to time by the then State of Jaipur to represent the State in Border & such other important disputes with other States to plead for the State. He passed away on 15th Baisakh Krishna Samvat 1943 (Tuesday the 5th May, 1886) at Jaipur. His wife had predeceased him leaving behind two Sons & a Daughter namely Purna Chand Kasliwal & Praveen Chand Kasliwal and Ichraj Devi. Between both the sons namely Purna Chand & Praveen Chand partition took place by a written document in 1931. The Eastern portion came to the share of [Late] Purna Chand Kasliwal & the Western portion went to the younger son Praveen Chand Kasliwal.

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Upon demise of Purna Chand Kasliwal the Eastern side Haveli devolved on his four sons and similarly the Western side devolved on four sons of Praveen Chand Kasliwal. Finally, the present Owner Mr. Sudhanshu Kasliwal, Sr. Advocate and a philanthropist along with his wife Mrs. Ritu Kasliwal acquired the Eastern side Haveli from his siblings & cousin and similarly purchased the ground floor main portion of the Western side Haveli from his second cousin along with rights in all the common portions. After purchase of this Haveli they started renovation work which took almost 9 years.

The entire Haveli is built in lime and has several typical features which are normally not found in other Havelis in the city of Jaipur. When Mr. Sudhanshu Kasliwal and Mrs. Ritu Kasliwal acquired the said Haveli, it was in a dilapidated condition. They spent almost 10 years purchasing and then restoring it. It is interesting to note that as the entire Haveli is made of lime, it was not easy to get artisans to restore it. They discovered old artisans who had experience of working with lime and after consulting with several professionals got the restoration going. The entire Haveli has also been decorated with original 'aaraish' one of the oldest and expensive forms of decorating the walls and floors. Looking to the future prospects, they also took the herculean task of removing the staircase with five landings to get lift installed. During the process it was discovered that steps were made of stone and each riser and step weighed almost one ton each. Many professionals refused to carry out this work, as it was considered dangerous. However, after taking all possible precautions, the lift was installed. There are several such stories behind the restoration of Lal Haveli. During the process, at several stages the work had to be re-done but their desire and love for restoring the family heritage took the test of time and now the same has turned into a beautiful Haveli.

Lal Haveli also houses the sacred family temple of Lord Ganesha, who is worshiped everyday with Puja and Aarti twice a day continuously since last over 100 years and has rare paintings of Lord Ganesha with his four chariots i.e., mouse lion, horse and peacock.

With the desire to open the Haveli to the world, Mr. Sudhanshu Kasliwal handed over the property to Honawar Hospitality - a boutique hospitality management & consulting company in March 2019. Honawar Hospitality brought in New York based designer Naina Shah to design the interiors and create the magical boutique hotel and restaurant - The Johri, at Lal Haveli.

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