The Present Amet Haveli Was built during the rule of Maharana Jagat Singh Ji –2nd of Udaipur between 1734-1752 A.D. He was the builder of the famous Jag Niwas which is presently known as Lake Palace. All the stone work and raw materials for the construction of Lake Palace were ferried from the open land situated next to present day AMET HAVELI. During that time the Jagirdar of Sadargarh was the head of the construction work for the Mewar state. Under his watchful eyes he constructed the Jag Niwas island palace for the Maharana of Mewar.
After the successful completion of Jag Niwas a lot of stone and raw materials were left at the present day Haveli. So, with the permission and finances of the Maharana, the Jagirdar of Sardargarh constructed the AMET HAVELI. He was the pioneer and artictact of the BADI MAHAL (A Garden palace) which he built in Jag Niwas. The Maharana was so much impressed by this architectural marvel that he ordered him to build the BADI MAHAL at the present AMET HAVELI and his Palace (City palace of Udaipur) also.
The architectural design of BADI MAHAL is basically influenced by the Mughal Gardens of Agra fort and the Red fort at Delhi. After completion the Haveli was used by the successive Maharanas as a pleasure garden for their evenings.
Firstly,it was awarded to Dodiya Sardar Singhji and it was know as Dodiya ki Haveli.
The Haveli was granted to Rawat Pratap Singh Ji of Amet Son of Fateh Singh Ji around 1783 A.D.by Maharana Bheem Singhji of Mewar. Rawat Pratap Singhji of Amet fought bravely and averted an imminent attack by Maratha’s on Mewar. The thikana of Amet is situated 100 kms. in the north east of Udaipur on the river Chandarabhaga. This thikana (noble territory) is of supreme Historic importance in Mewar. The origin of the Amet family can be traced down from Chunda Ji. He was the eldest son “The heir – apparent’’ of Rana Lakha of Chittor, Mewar. He abandoned the throne of Mewar state in favor of his young step brother Mokal Ji. For this great sacrifice he is referred in folklore and history as Bhishma Pitamaha of Mewar. As he kept and fulfilled the promise which he made to his Father. He served the Mewar state unselfishly till his last breath.
Chunda Ji’s Great grandson was Jagga Ji. He was also chivalrous and die hard loyal to the throne of Mewar. During his time Mewar war ruled by slave son Banbir and the heir of Mewar throne, Rana Udai Singh (the founder of Udaipur city) was sheltred at Kumbhalgarh fort Near Amet. At the right moment Jagga Ji took Rana Udai Singh to Chittor and seated him on the throne of Mewar. He also protected the young Pratap (Maharana Pratap) in the war against Chouhan’s. He himself was martyred in this battle of Jaitana. His cenotaph is still present on the bank of river Som near Aaspur in Bansawara District of Rajasthan.
His Son and heir Patta Ji is enshrined in history of India as one of the immortal young hero of ‘JOHAR’ at Chittor against the struggle of Mewar with Akbar the great. At the minor age of 15 he became the commanding-officer of the Mewar army. He was given the dreaded task of 24x7 patrolling of the long parchment of the Chittor fort. For three months Patta Ji kept the mighty Mughal army at bay and did not allow them to enter the fort from any side. Finally the Chivalrous and brave Rajputs decided to have a final show down. They threw open the gates of the fort to fight face to face. Before that all the Royal and Noble ladies committed the JOHAR to save their pride and honor with dignity. This incident is famous in history as the 3rd Johar of Chittor. Patta Ji died fighting the Mughal army with his brother-in-law Jaimal Mertiya at the Rampol of Chittor fort. His cenotaph is still standing tall, as his deed at this gate of Chittor. Pattaji ki Haveli can also be seen in Chittor near Kalika Mata Ji temple. The mughal emperor Akbar was so impressed by the chivalry and loyalty of Patt Ji and Jaimal Mertiya that he installed the stone statutes of this young hero’s of Mewar in the Agra fort. The statutes were subsequently destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
For this great sacrifice Patta Ji son Karan Singh was awarded the Jagir of Amet. Before that they were the jagirdars of Kothariya and Kelwa near Rajnagar. The decedents of this Thikana are known as Jaggawats. They hold many Jagirs chief of which are Jilola, Tal, Lasani, Bemali,Meja, Peethawas,Thana etc.
During the period of Rawat Shivnath Singh of Amet Raja Ravi Verma, the famous painter of Travancor state, Stayed at AMET HAVELI at the invitation of Maharana Fateh Singh Ji to Paint the portrait of Maharana Pratap and the other rulers of Mewar. The famous face of Maharana Pratap as we see today was painted in the BADI MAHAL of AMET HAVELI. Rawat Shivnath Singh of Amet Also attended the famous Delhi Darbar of 1903 With Maharana Fateh Singh Ji from which he finally absented.
Rawat Govind Singhji is known as the builder of modern day Amet Town by planning the famous Laxami Bazaar of Amet.He was a member of Rajasthan legastative assembly from 1962-67.He actively participated and went to jail during the Bhu-swami agitation in Rajasthan.