My love for Indian Step Wells has brought me to a village in Amer to visit, Panna Meena ka Kund or Panna Meena Step well.
This step wells is just next to Amber fort, but I was surprised to see that only a handful of tourist who visit the Fort knows about this delightful site.
Hell, there isn’t any Wikipedia page about this 450 year old heritage site, which makes me sad. But never the less, it’s worth visiting, and so I did.
A small history note on Panna Meena ka Kund
It is said that this stepwell is 450-year-old, and was mostly an evening chit chat spot for Jaipur locals. But as per me, it must be a relaxing place for deities of the 16th century temple (which is now a monument) just next to this kund. Check the temple pics.
Well, this is the 2nd Indian or Rajasthani step well I have visited (1st being Chand Boari of Abhaneri) and at both these sites, locals said that its impossible to enter the step well and return from the same stairs because of its structure.
And they might be right as I wasn’t able to do the same at Chand Boari, but it was not an issue at Panna Meena as kept an eye on the stair from which I entered.
Well, it’s just some locals trying to start a conversion…
So to all those who are planning to visit Jaipur, do add Panna Menna ka Kund on your bucket list, after checking the below images I took of this ancient marvel.
Many tour guides may suggest you not to visit the place as it takes an extra hour from their time, but if you are a travel freak like me, the Panna Meena ka Kund is worth visiting. From Amber fort, this place is just 2 km.