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Chand Baori, Jaipur Overview

Chand Baori is a major tourist attraction site in Abhaneri village that belongs to 10th-century monuments that showcase Rajasthani architectural expertise and talents. With steps on the three sides that lead to the water reserve, the stepwell is more than 13 storeys deep and is adorned with more than 3500 steps. In spite of it being more 1000 years old, it has remained in a remarkable condition.

Maintained by the Archeological Survey of India, this beautiful architecture is no longer in use but it still boasts of the amazing mathematical precision and the ancient Indian sculptural style of the bygone eras. This deepest step well of the world attracts many travel junkies from all around for its magnificence that leaves you fascinated for its historical belief and architecture.

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History of Chand Baori

Built during the 8th and the 9th century by King Chand, the stepwell was dedicated to Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and Happiness. This well was built so that the local people could have easy access to clean groundwater all year round. It served the purpose of being the dependable water source for many surrounding regions for many years before any water providing channels were introduced. One can also point out that the largemouth of the well would have functioned for rainwater harvesting.

Plus, this gorgeous structure is said to be a gathering place for the Abhaneri locals wherein they would sit around the well and cool off in the lower part of the stepwell during the summer days as the lower section was usually 7-8 degrees cooler.

Apart from these general usages, it is also believed to have certain religious connotations. According to Hindu Mythology, water forms the boundary between heaven and earth. Thus, it also became a place for meditations, prayers, and religious bathing that one must follow before visiting the nearby Harshat Mata temple.

However, that is not the complete picture. Many locals believe the Baori to be haunted. According to the locals, the Baori was built in one night which is practically impossible. Hence, it was believed that this superhuman task was given to a Djinn popularly known as a Genie giving it a supernatural twist. This belief came to start with many pointing that they have not used the same staircase twice. They climbed up from different steps of stairs from which they stepped down. Whether the location is haunted or not is debatable but there have been many witnesses that claim its haunted beliefs.

How to Reach

Located 95 km away from the popular town of Jaipur, Abhaneri is easy to reach but not Chand Baori. Chand Baori is in fact not easy to find. The best way to reach Abhaneri is by taking a car from Delhi or Jaipur as they have the nearest airports to the location. You can even opt for buses or trains that go to Abhaneri.

The oldest and one of the most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan, Chand Baori has been a popular location for many movies including Bhool Bhulaiyya, The Fall, The Dark Knight Rises, and Best Exotic Hotel Marigold. Therefore, this impressive structure stays in your mind for a long long time.

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