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Panna Meena Ka Kund, Hidden jewel of Amer

Panna Meena Ka Kund is one of the must see places in Amer town especially for the explorers and travelers visiting Jaipur on a lookout for the non-touristy places. It’s one the best-restored step-well or Baori in Jaipur.

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Panoramic view of Panna Meena Kund, Amer, A stepwell or Baori in Jaipur

Amer Fort is what brings tourists to the Amer town. Most tourists end up visiting only Amer Fort and thereby missing many other places to explore in this historic town.

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Expansive view of Amer Fort, jaipur

 

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Panna Meena Ka Kund is also called Panna Mian Kund, Panna Meena Baori, Panna Meena Bawri. While the Chand Baori on Jaipur- Agra highway gets all the limelight because of its massive size and associated history, however it’s close to 100 km away from Jaipur. Panna Meena Kund is quite accessible being in the Amer town, itself.

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Two story building at Panna Meena Kund which also acts as a resting place from strong sun.

What is Stepwell or Baori?

Stepwell or Baori is a type of ancient water storage tank where water can be accessed through a flight of steps.

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Panna Meena Kund as viewed from the two story building structure.

Why you should visit Panna Meena Kund?

For one, Panna Meena Kund is the only well restored and functional step-well in Jaipur. It belongs to an era before the invention of piped water. These days, it’s not used for the purpose, it was originally built. It has served its purpose for many centuries. The Baori or Bawri was part of the community and society residing around it.  It served as a prime source of drinking water especially when the deficient rainfall period. Panna Meena Kund is an eight-story step-well. The step well was designed in such a way that one could reach water at any level using a flight of steps. There are many other stepwells in Rajasthan and Gujarat which are much bigger and ornate than Panna Meena Kund. Despite that, Panna Meena Kund is beautiful in it’s own way.

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Panna Meena Kund, Amer along with the beautiful surrounding structures.

 History of Panna Meena ka Kund

There is no confirmed history or record on how this baori came to be called Panna Meena or Panna Mian Kund. During the reign of Maharajah Jai Singh, eunuch named Panna Miah served in the royal court of Amer Fort and some believe that he was instrumental in constructing this Baori.  As per the local legend, this Baori dates back to the 16th century. One of the unique aspects of this Baori is its inconspicuous presence.

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Panna Meena Kund in Amer town. An aerial view of the surroundings.

The steps cover only three sides and there is plenty of space where one can sit, chat or enjoy the views around. There are some niche in between the stair levels which add to the design. It’s possible that they were designed with some utility, in mind. There four octagonal pavilions or Chhatris on all four corners.

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Steps and Niche in between. Panna Meena Kund, Amer -Jaipur

This Baori was more than merely a source of water. It was a meeting spot for the women; to chit-chat and catch up on each other’s life. Therefore, it’s an important part of our culture & history and not simply a built heritage. By visiting, Panna Meena Kund you can probably visualize how life must have been centuries ago.

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The beauty of Panna Meena Baori, Jaipur. Notice the beautiful Octagonal Chhatri in the centre

Personally, I like the simplicity, symmetry, and architecture of Panna Meena Kund. The number of ancient stepwells in Jaipur runs in double digits. Most of these step-wells are in bad shape barring this one and the one at the Nahargarh Fort. Panna Meena Kund is the most accessible and beautiful stepwell in Jaipur.

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Entrance gate, Panna Meena Ka Kund, Amer

Panna Meena Kund or Baori is not in use anymore, as I mentioned above. However, it serves as a playground for the local boys during the monsoon when they congregate and organize a diving and swimming competition among themselves.

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Monsoon fun! Locals enjoying at Panna Meena Ka Kund, Amer

 

I have written a post earlier last year during the monsoon season. Read all about it here:    Jaipur in Sawan/ Fun-WPC

 

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The fun at Panna Meena Kund, Amer
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Jumping and diving. Panna Meena ka Kund, Jaipur

Although, it’s not on a regular tourist itinerary, but some guides and tour operators do take tourists around this step-well for a tour.

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Tourists at Panna Meena Ka Kund, Amer

Panna Meena ka Kund Location

Panna Meena Ka Kund is located in Amer town close to Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple is well known in Amer town. You can easily find your way by asking for the direction among the locals.

Read  Is Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple a Protagonist in history of Amer?

Panna Meena ka Kund Timings

Panna Meena Ka Kund is open from sunrise to sunset. I have often visited Panna Meena Kund soon after sunrise and found it open for the visitors. Recent suicides at this site site has prompted local authorities to be more vigilant and they might be closing it just before sunset.

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Despite simplicity, architecture of Panna Meena Kund is beautiful.

I have heard a story that you can’t use the same flight of stairs while going up and down in Panna Meena Kund. I’m not sure if this is true nor I intend to check on it because sometimes psychology starts playing with you. If you are game…go ahead! I’ll love to hear what you have to say! Panna Meena Kund is an excellent example of water management and water harvesting techniques.

TIP! Unlike the famous Chand Baori at Abhaneri, there is no restrictions to walk in and around the Baori. So a visit to Panna Mia Kund or Panna Meena ka Kund, is surely worth it!

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105 thoughts on “Panna Meena Ka Kund, Hidden jewel of Amer

    1. Somali, Jaipur has many things to offer. In a short trip, its difficult to explore everything. May be you can plan another one to explore offbeat places. 🙂

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  1. Super Like! The pictures are so beautiful. My favourite being the aerial view. I loved the place, couldn’t go down because of the tragedy but even the area around it, the temples and the streets were seeped in history.

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    1. Next time you’re in town, will take you around to some more interesting places in the vicinity. For an explorer, there’s lots to see and absorb. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and views, Divsi. 🙂

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  2. It is so interesting how this place is built, especially with levels where water can reach each of it. It must have been a hard live building it, but also a life where resources are pooled and made to their full use in a amidst a hard life back in the day. So nice to see that fun can be found in the place today. It looks like a deep dive and I hope everyone is careful jumping in and looking down first before they jump…

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    1. Mabel, these Step well were way of life. There are so many of these step wells in Jaipur and across the state. This is how people used to get their water requirement fulfilled, apart from the well. Its difficult to imagine the life, in those times. These are all kids who live in the vicinity and I’m sure they take care with what they are doing. Thanks for sharing your views Mabel.

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      1. That is fascinating, the step wells are all over the place there. When you feel hot or want a rush of adrenalin, just jump into one 🙂 It looks like the kids in India are very street smart and they have not gotten in to trouble jumping into those pools. And I trust you are on your best behaviour too with the camera 😀

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      2. Mabel, these kids are from the neighborhood so they know the best.best behavior with the camera? you bet… You can forward for some more on stepwells, Mabel. 🙂

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    1. I’m sure you’ll love it. Touristy places have their own attraction but I think some of us are more attuned to such places. Appreciate sharing of your views. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful blog !! The stepwell is fascinating .. will be on my list of to-do’s when I visit this November 🙂 Thanks for sharing ! How on earth did you get the aerial view ?? It’s a beautiful angle.

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    1. Thank you Norman for the appreciation. You’re visiting Jaipur in November? Great…Keep reading for more stories and pictures. Do you want to click aerial picture yourself?

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      1. Yes…once reached Amer..there were several signages and gmap as well. It was my third visit to Jaipur…only the offbeat places were left….Galtaji, Kanak Vrindavan, Panna Meena Kund, Jagat Shiromani Temple…your blog provided valuable inputs and “margdarshan”. 🙂

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