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Chand Baori, a “do not miss” while visiting Jaipur

Stepwell in Abhaneri

Have you heard the term “stepwell”? For the ones who are not aware of this term or know what exactly this word means, let me sum it up in one sentence. Stepwell = brains+beauty ๐Ÿ˜€

On a more serious note, a stepwell is a well where the water is reached by a series of steps. Designed in multiple levels, these wells are dug deep and the bottom leads you to the water and given seasonalities, water is available year-round, and it is easy for maintenance, thanks to this style of construction. A basic difference between stepwells on the one hand and tanks and wells on the other is to make it easier for people to reach the groundwater and to maintain and manage the well. Stepwells can be found across India but predominantly in the western and northern parts of the country.

These stepwells in regional languages are called Baudi, Bavdi, Bavri, Vav, Pushkarni etc. I have had the chance to visit three stepwells in India and I’m listing them down in the order of my visit.ย The one that’s missing on this list amongst the famous ones is the Agrasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi. In my list of things to do ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pushkarni in Hampi, Karnataka

Adalaj in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Stepwell in Gujarat

 

We’ve covered Pushkarni and Adalaj in the past, read on to know more about Chand Baori.

Chand Baori

Stepwell in Abhaneri

One of the oldest step wells in India, King Chanda of Nikumbha Dynasty had constructed this little piece of architecture in 800 AD. Built in the shape of a square, the Baori is 19.5 meters deep. As you can see in these pictures, it has aย double flight of steps on three sides which makes it look so beautiful. The fourth side of the Baori has balconies which are supported by pillars.

Stepwell in Abhaneri

The Chand Baori is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India, and it is well maintained.

Where is Chand Baori: Abhaneri, Rajasthan
Distance from Jaipur: 97 km
How to Reach: You could either book a taxi or self-drive. We self-drove, thanks to Zoomcar from Jaipur to Abhaneri. (Have you tried Zoomcar yet?ย Use Zoomcar coupon code NjA0MzU5 to make your first booking with Zoomcar and get 15% off!)
Route: Agra-Jaipur Highway (NH 21)
Travel Time: Reached in under 1hr 30mins. Great roads.
Timings: Open from Sunrise to Sunset
Parking: Available (Car – Rs. 50, Bike Rs. 10)

Harsad Mata Temple in Abhaneri

Once you enter this place, you will find theย Harsad Mata Temple, which is opposite to the Baori. Pay a visit and then proceed experience this beautiful stepwell. As you walk around this huge Baori, you will find broken statues places in the side rooms.

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Stepwell in Abhaneri

You cannot walk down the steps as it is restricted. We were here for about half an hour before we headed out.

We reached Umaid Lake Palace for lunch – a beautiful property which looked haunted. There was nobody in the property but for the ones working (we didn’t see more than three people). It felt like we were the only ones around.

Umaid Hotel near Jaipur

We dined in the(only?) restaurant of this property as we could not spot any decent place to eat on the way. Food was okay but the all the cutlery and the napkins were smelly as if they hadn’t been used for aeons. The place definitely creeped us out.

If you have some more time and have a thing for creepy places, you can quickly visit the Bhangarh Fort in the village by the same name, which is nearby. Named as the most haunted place in India, the fort can be visited after sunrise and before sunset and a guide is advised.

So, is the Chand Baori in Abhaneri in your list of things to do in Jaipur as well?

 

Preethika
Founder of Passing Ports, Preethika is a traveler whom you just can't ignore. A juggler between office hours and personal life, nothing gets her more excited than exploring new destinations and cultures. Extremely passionate about going to lesser known places, Preethika started penning down her experiences, and Passing Ports is the result of that love for travel, thus inspiring others to experience a life beyond the rants of our daily lives.

43 thoughts on “Chand Baori, a “do not miss” while visiting Jaipur

    1. Yupp truly a beauty. It only makes me wonder time and again as to how they did it those days with no technology or any great instruments.

  1. I had no idea these even existed? I live in the US and I’d love to visit these some day! What a cool piece of history.

    1. India is a land of surprises ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get to visit these places soon and I hope I get to visit the USA – Havasupai has been on my mind for too long now.

  2. This is so amazing and beautiful place. I have been to Jaipur once but didn’t get a chance to visit it, would definitely keep it on the list for my next visit to India and Rajasthan.

    1. Oh yes you must visit India Stephanie. This was definitely an awesome place that we visited and I should say that Chand Baori made our trip a lil bit more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes Kelly, this is off beat for sure. Not many know about this place so I can for now say this is a non touristy. But weekends gets crowded s many bikers visit this place.

  3. Loved your pictorial post on Jaipur. I have been to Jaipur many times, explored all forts, cultural programs, kathputli dance too. But this baori was a miss. Now discovered fully in your post.

    1. Oh wow we haven’t seen the Kathputli dance and I shall do that the next time we get to visit that area. I hope you also get to visit Chand Baori.

  4. Oh!! This is such an awesome place to visit. The structures are really amaze me. I will definitely put this on my bucket list.

  5. I had no idea that Chand Baori was near Jaipur. I would have loved to go and visit, as I have been twice now to Jaipur. It looks so amazing! Shame you are not allowed to go down the stairs.

    1. I think it’s better that we are not allowed to go down the stairs.. I guess it wouldn’t have looked as good as it looks now. I have seen pictures where people have gone done in-spite of the restriction. Next time you visit Jaipur, do try to visit this place ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow, really cool! It’s crazy how intricate in their designs they were. So beautiful. I hope I get to visit someday!

    1. I swear.. I’m not sure if I can carve something so beautiful and so intricate in my life ever – if I was given a chance. I wish the same for you too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s something that’s commonly found in the North and West of India. While this is a spectacular one, I’m not sure if it’s a qualifier for Wonders of the world. Those guys play a very different league ๐Ÿ˜‰ India is a beautiful country and there is so much to unravel.

    1. Thanks a lot. Yes visiting such places makes it more meaningful as it makes you think about so many things and creates curiosity. This ends up with us learning more which is great right ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Tizzy. This is an amazing and a lovely place hidden from many eyes. I’m glad I visited this little gem ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Woow! This is so beautiful. What a amazing architecture. I didn’t even know that this place exist, what a shame!! Thank you <3

  8. This is my first time to hear about stepwall. Such a stunning structure and looks like an awesome place to visit. I will definitely share this with my husband and add this on my bucket lists.

  9. My parent’s go to Jaipur & Rajasthan a few times a year. I’ve always wanted to go and this post has just further lit the fire. It just looks magical.

  10. Brains + beauty = step well. I like way you described step wells. I have never seen a post dedicated to step wells. The pictures were beautiful and the post was informative.

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