Abhaneri, located at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur on Jaipur-Agra road, is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan. The place is widely popular as it is home to a colossal step well, Chand Baori, which is considered among the most beautiful step wells of India. The village of Abhaneri is believed to have been established by Samrat Mihir Bhoj who was a Gurjar Pratihar king.
The village was originally named Abha Nagri, which means the “city of brightness”, however, with time, due to mispronunciation of the term, it is now called Abhaneri.
Tourist places In and Around Abhaneri
The city of brightness or Abha Nagri, as it was once called, is in a dilapidated condition today; nevertheless this small hamlet attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. Abhaneri is famous for 'baoris' which were used for harvesting rain water for summers. Of all the step wells present here, Chand Baori is the most famous and is widely known for its beautiful stone architecture. It is one of India's largest and deepest step wells.
Harshat Mata Temple is a popular tourist attraction that boasts of the amazing architectural splendour of medieval India. The temple is dedicated to Harshat Mata who is considered to be the Goddess of Joy and Happiness.
The visage of culture - A village of folk dances
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The village of Abhaneri is also known for various Rajasthani folk dances which include Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bhawai. Ghoomar is a dance of the Bhil tribe while Kalbelia is a dance performed by the women of Kalbelia tribe, who make their living by catching snakes and selling their venom. On the other hand, Bhawai is a dance performed as a ritual before Amba Mata or Mother Earth.
The village being located merely at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur is easily accessible from all parts of India. Owing to its glorious past and colourful culture, a large number of tourists from all over the world are attracted to its threshold.
The best time to visit Abhaneri is between October and March as the weather remains relatively pleasant and comfortable during this period.