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When I Saw The Architectural Madness Of India’s Largest Step Well

Rajasthan is India’s most historical and beautiful state. You find stories in every new architecture. It doesn’t occupy you in the similar crafts of architecture. It has the variety which makes Rajasthan one of the historical beauty in not only in India but also in the world.

I decided to visit one of the most underrated places Abhaneri in Rajasthan. This place has one of the largest step well Chand Baori in the world and beautiful Harshat Mata temple with amazing work of stone carving. 

Bright sunlight on the beautiful Stepwell
Well, I always capture memories in my phone

I have visited this place more than 5 times. Now you can understand how well I know about this wonderful place. This place is not so far from my hometown. It takes me half an hour to reach there from my home. I have explored it alone, with friends and with family as well.

How to reach Abhaneri?

This place is 96 km from the capital of Rajasthan-Jaipur. The village is on Jaipur-Agra highway. It’s located in the district Dausa. Bandikui is the nearest railway station where you can reach easily. From Bandikui, you can reach here in half an hour.

Abhaneri was called Abha Nagri which means ‘city of brightness’. This place has two beautiful attractions Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple.

Chand Baori 

Do you know that Chand Baori is India’s largest step well. It’s one of the largest and deepest step wells in the world. 

Inner view of Chand Baori Stepwell

Now the first question comes in our mind about the clear meaning of stepwell. Meaning of stepwell in Hindi is ‘Baori’ or ‘Bawdi’. You have seen many common wells in villages. Step wells are larger than then these wells. These Baoris were built for the water harvesting. Baoris can store a large amount of water compare than to wells. Stepwell was the great system of water restoring in that era.  

Chand Baori has 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories. The design was made only to water storage. Steps are built from top to bottom. All the steps are leading to the lowest water level. It means that water will automatically reach at the bottom of the Baori in the time of rains. We can call it a ‘geometrical madness’. Rajasthan is all about royal families. We can feel royal touch even in the architecture as well. This stepwell has three storeyed pavilion with beautiful Jharokhas and balconies. 

Beautiful framing at Chand Baori
Jharokas and Balconies in Stepwell

Chand Baori was built by King Chand in the 8th and 9th century. The king belongs to the ‘Nikumbha Dynasty’. We all know about the environment of Rajasthan. The stepwell was made only to conserve the large amount of water. This architecture was made in that era when water was literally worshiped

As I heard from the people of Abhaneri that locals were used to sat on the steps in summer days because the temperature gets down in the Baoris because of the water. They did Yoga and meditation there.  

Ruined statues in Chand Baori Complex

You can see some ruin statues at Chand Baori complex, which was used in Harshat Mata Temple. The temple was destructed many years ago during the Mughal dynasty. This place is completely an architectural piece. There is no entry fee to watch this beautiful stepwell.

Movies shot in Abhaneri 

Some movies are also shot in Chand Baori. The first name always comes in mind is ‘Dark Knight Rises’ directed by Christopher Nolan which was the famous Hollywood film. Other films were The Fall (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Bhoomi (2017) and Dhadak (2018). So, this place remains a good choice for filmmakers. 

Best time to visit this place

You can visit Abhaneri at any time but winter is the best time to explore this place. I recommend you to visit this place between November-April and July-August. During this period, you will not feel too much heat there. Monsoon and winter season are the best time to explore Rajasthan. 

Also Read: Why Harsat Mata Temple Is The Best Ruined Architecture In Rajasthan

Gulshan Sharma is a blogger and screenwriter. He loves to write on the movies and travel kinds of stuff. He writes everything on cinema including short films, web series, film festivals. He writes about the new places, culture, traditions and all the hidden stories on travel.

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