Chand Baori – A 1000 Year Old Stepwell in Rajasthan
The local myth is Chand Baori stepwell was built by ghosts in one night and has thousands of steps so that anyone who throws a coin in the well cannot get back the coin easily. While there is no validating this folklore it is still an architectural wonder built thousands of years ago. Chand Baori (oldest stepwell in India), located in Rajasthan, “the land of kings” attracts tourists from all over the world. Most visited sites in Rajasthan are Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and the city of Udaipur. Chand Baori is one of the deepest wells in the world and is one of the most unseen sites in India.
How to get to Chand Baori
Colossal stepwell Chand Baori is located in a village called Abaneri, which is about 93 kilometers from Jaipur on Jaipur – Agra highway. It’s about 1 hour 50 minutes by road. If you do not have a private vehicle you will have to catch a bus from Jaipur to Sikandra, a small village, about 80 kilometers from Jaipur and hire a jeep from Sikandra for a 13 kilometers ride to Abhaneri village.
Chand Baori Stepwell Architecture
Chand Baori Stepwell was constructed way back in the 9th century. It was built by King Chanda (Chandra) of Nikumbha dynasty who ruled Abaneri. It’s about 13 stories deep and has 3500 steps. The most spectacular part of the architecture is not how deep it is or how many steps it has, it is the attention that has been given to building the steps. There are double flight of steps. It is a perfect symmetry of steps. The steps enclose the well on three sides. The northern side consists of a multi-storeyed corridor supported on pillars and 2 projecting balconies enshrining beautiful images of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha. The steps lead down to the bottom of the well to a murky green pool of water.
Other Attractions near Chand Baori
Harshat Mata temple, which is opposite Chand Baori is another main attraction. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and was built during 8th and 9th century by King Chanda of Nikumbha dynasty. The temple is now in ruins.
Hollywood makes Chand Baori World Famous
Chand Baori stepwell was featured prominently in movies ”The Fall” (2006) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). To see other filming locations of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” visit Where was The Dark Knight Rises Filmed.