A quick guide on how to get to the Jaipur Stepwell (Panna Meena Ka Kund) near the Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The Northern Indian state of Rajasthan is widely known for vast forts and beautiful, intricately designed structures and monuments. If you’re exploring the enchanting city of Jaipur, then chances are you’ve heard of the famous Jaipur Stepwell near the Amer Fort.
In this quick guide, I’ll detail how to get to Jaipur Stepwell and include some photos that I hope will inspire your visit.
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Where is the Jaipur Stepwell (Panna Meena Ka Kund)
The Jaipur Stepwell is located near the Kheri Gate in Amer, just a short walk from the Amer Fort. Contrary to conventional first impressions, the Jaipur Stepwell is not within the fort grounds, so visiting it is free.
However, since the stepwell is so close to the Amer Fort, combining it with a trip to the fort or famous Jaipur Wall is a great bet.
For convenience, I’ve pinned the exact location of the Jaipur Stepwell below. You can also plug the pin into your Google Maps app to help you navigate. Otherwise, I’ve also written detailed directions below.
How to Get to the Jaipur Stepwell
To get to the Jaipur Stepwell, you’ll first need to make your way to the Amer Fort, located just 12 kilometers north of Jaipur Junction. For directions to the fort, I’ve listed the options and prices below.
Once you arrive at the car park just beside the moat opposite the fort entrance, you’ll need to walk for about 15-20 minutes to get to the stepwell. Alternatively, there are many rickshaw drivers hanging out at the car park who would be more than happy to give you a ride.
If you’d prefer to walk, continue down Amer Road for a bit more than the moat’s length and turn left at the Gandhi Chowk intersection. Continue on this quiet road for 200 meters before turning right, just past the Ganesh Temple. The Jaipur Stepwell is located just 100 meters up the road. If you have any problems finding it, the Amer locals will point you in the right direction.
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Getting to the Fort
If you’re not yet at the Amer Fort, the below options will get you there.
Rickshaw: You can pick up a rickshaw pretty much anywhere in Jaipur to take you to Amer Fort. Expect to pay around 200-250 rupees for the one-way trip. Most Rickshaw drivers will probably try to talk you into a tour once you’re there.
Uber: Using Uber to get from A to B is a good option for reliable and cheap transport. The cost from Jaipur to Amer is usually between 250-350 rupees one-way.
Amer Fort tour including Jaipur Stepwell + transfer: If you’d prefer a guided tour to Amer Fort, this walking tour with rickshaw transfer is a good bet for around $19 USD. This trip includes hotel pick-up/drop-off, an English-speaking guide at the fort, and a stop-by at the famous Panna Meena ka Kund (Jaipur Stepwell).
Bus to Amer Fort: There are regular buses that depart from the Hawa Mahal in the Old City. These only cost 15 rupees each-way, or 25 rupees for an air-conditioned bus. This is the best option for travelers on a budget.
Rent a motorbike: This is probably the least popular option for travelers in Jaipur. However, if you’re keen to explore the forts on the outskirts, you can save a bit of money by renting a motorbike or scooter. Expect to pay between 300-400 rupees per day for the cheapest motorbike rental.
About the Panna Meena Ka Kund Stepwell
The Jaipur stepwell in Amer is a square-design well (baori) with eight levels of diamond-shaped, crisscrossing steps leading down to a deep, green pool of water.
The Jaipur stepwell was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 16th century to provide an ingenious method of preserving rainwater from the seasonal monsoons. This enabled the citizens of Amer to access freshwater during the dry season and served as a central gathering place for people in the community.
The design of Panna Meena Ka Kund is impressive, to say the least. This practical stepwell design features an array of symmetrical steps above rounded alcoves that enable access to the well water, no matter the water level. Although it’s rarely used today, the beauty of the design attracts many visitors keen on snapping a shot with the stepwell backdrop.
What to Expect
The Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell is a little different from many of the other popular and grandiose stepwells in Rajasthan. This Jaipur Stepwell is much smaller and surprisingly, quite remote. Although being a staple of Rajasthani-travel social media feeds, there wasn’t even a single other tourists here when I visited in peak season.
Upon arriving, I’m sure you’ll meet the lone guard that patrols the Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell. Some other blogs written a few years back claimed that it was free to walk down the steps to take photos and explore. Unfortunately, the guard on duty now forbids anybody from stepping down without a “permit”.
However, I was told by another traveler that it’s possible to bribe this guard 150-200 rupees for him to grant you permission to explore. I chose not to bribe him and instead snap some photos from the top steps. If you do, let me know how it goes!
To speak honestly, when I first arrived at the Jaipur Stepwell, I was a little underwhelmed. However, don’t get me wrong, it certainly wasn’t disappointing and, I’d definitely visit again. Rather, my elevated expectations were due to a confusion between the Jaipur Stepwell and the Chand Baori in neighboring Abhaneri. Both stepwells feature the same arrays of pyramidic steps and share a very similar archeological design. However, Chand Baori is a much larger stepwell with a total of 3500 steps!
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