Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chand Baori Step-Well, Abhaneri, Rajasthan, India

These photos are from an email that has been circulating around. It's the awesome Chand Baori step-well (a 'tank' in local parlance), located in Abhaneri village, 95km from Jaipur city of Rajasthan state, India. With 13 levels, a total of 3500 steps and about 30m deep, it's a dazzling geometric work of architecture and possibly the deepest step-well in the world. Abhaneri is located in a very dry region of Rajasthan, which probably explains the need for such a depth. The steps are on 3 sides while the 4th side is a small palace with private bathrooms for the royals. Nearby is the Harshat Mata Temple. The Chand Baori and the Harshat Mata Temple were both built by King Chand, rule of Abhaneri and a Rajput from the Chahamana dynasty, around 8th-9th AD century.

Surfing the internet, I found more photos here:

Now... how to visit Chand Baori Step-Well ??

Easy... I have incorporated it in the 7D6N India Golden Triangle tour. So, besides the compulsory Delhi, Taj Mahal (in Agra) and Jaipur, you get to descend this great piece of architecture!

Tour details at:

1 comment:

  1. Amazing architecture... I have seen the samller stepwells in Mandu - one of my favourites in India.