Pol / Gates in Jaipur

Pol or  पोल (in Hindi ) refers to a specific type of entrance gate that is part of the outer perimeter of any premises. One of the distinguishing feature of any Pol is the presence of large wooden gate with a smaller gate framed into it for a greater control on the ingress. The wall should be high as well as broad enough to allow installation of such a gate. In earlier times such Pol were heavily guarded and controlled as these were the only entry and exit points of the city. They formed part of the primary defense of any city or settlement.

These Pols were not unique to Jaipur rather they were common across Rajasthan and rest of India. And why India?..they were present even in places like Morocco. What was unique then? The architectural style. Each city or region had its own  architectural style. Even in Jaipur, one can find variations in architectural style among such gates depending on the year in which they were built. By the way, most of the havelis in Jaipur also had smaller version of these Pol.

Posted here are pictures of Pol and gates in Jaipur.

New Gate, Chaura Rasta, Jaipur

New Gate built in 1940’s is synonymous with color and architecture of Jaipur

The last gate to be built in walled city of Jaipur- New Gate.

Gate of City Palace, Jaipur

locals infront of City Palace gate in Jaipur

Charan Mandir, Jaipur

Pol of Charan Mandir (temple) near Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur.

Pol with wooden gate at Charan Mandir, Jaipur

Sisodia Rani Bagh, Ghat Ki Guni, Jaipur

Pol at Ghat ki Guni, Jaipur. One can see Pol at the other side too. To check out write up on Ghat ki Guni click here.



Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur

Pol at Diggi Palace during Jaipur Literature Festival.

Captured here – Pol with a wooden door during Jaipur Literature Festival at Hotel Diggi Placae, Jaipur

Another picture of the same Pol from the other side on a different occasion.

Beautiful Pol at  Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur

For a change here are two pictures of  Pol in black & white.

Samode Palace, Samode

Pol at Samode Palace in the village of Samod, near Jaipur.


Kheri Gate, Amer

Below picture was framed in Amer town, near Jaipur.


These are not the most popular gates of Jaipur. Gates of Jaipur are also popular as Jaipur Gates. Read this post on popular entry gates of JaipurOld City Gates of Jaipur

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