Chand Baori, at Abhaneri, Rajastan, India
Chand Baori is an ancient multi-tier well, or stepwell. It was built during ancient times, around the 9th or 10th century, by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty. The well is located in Abhaneri, which is a village about 89 km to the east of Jaipur, in the state of Rajastan, in India. It was dug so that people can reach ground water. With stairs going all the way to the water level, a stepwell is easier to maintain, though digging one is a monumental task.
Chand Baori goes down some 100 feet. The well or pond at the bottom is reached via thirteen flights of stairs. Each flight of stairs has six steps before arriving at a landing or passageway. There is a fence about midway down the stepwell. Visitors climbing right to the bottom is greeted by the cool, green water of the well. For this reason, the well continues to attract visitors from near and far, particularly during the hot season, as the air at the bottom is much cooler than at the top.
Flights of staircases at the step well of Chand Baori
The stairs of Chand Baori covers only three sides of the complex. On the fourth side, there is a series of pavilions that overlook the well below. The journey from Jaipur is about five hours by private car on a dusty country road. If you are making a visit here, you can also visit another tourist sight, the ancient ruins of the Harshad Mata temple which you will arrive before you reach Chand Baori.
Looking at the well water of Chand Baori
Multi-tier pavilions at Chand Baori
Chand Baori, as viewed from the pavilion
Chand Baori, India
Chand Baori, India
The cloister around Chand Baori, India
Chand Baori, an exquisite example of ancient Indian architecture
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