Bakhsi Ram haveli is three-storied building. It has 11 rooms and two underground chambers. As one enters into haveli, one notices main courtyard or chowk.The main feature of Potohari haveli is courtyard called chowk. All the activities of the family members take place in this space. The courtyard always gets special attention. One finds imposing decorative niches on the outer walls of the courtyard.
“Roomswere allotted to married and unmarried. The elderly occupied the upper chambers probably to keep an eye on the younger women and oversee the household chores”, said Muhammad Illyas, an elderly resident of Kontrella.
The distinctive feature of Bakhsi Ram Singh haveli is the towers that surmount the structure. There are two towers one square and the other octagonal. The octagonal is an ornamental piece whereas the square has stairways to climb up and have the panoramic view of Kontrella town and its surroundings.
Now grasses and other wild growths cover the remains of the building. After partition, the haveli was also used for some years as boys’ hostel. Presently, it is under the Punjab education department. The haveli should be taken back from the education department and restored to convert it into museum of Potohar culture.