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
Gate of City Palace, Jaipur
Charan Mandir, Jaipur
Pol of Charan Mandir (temple) near Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur.
Sisodia Rani Bagh, Ghat Ki Guni, Jaipur
Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur
Pol at Diggi Palace during Jaipur Literature Festival.
Another picture of the same Pol from the other side on a different occasion.
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 Jaipur – Old City Gates of Jaipur
(Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Frame!)