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All About Chand Baori in Abhaneri, Rajasthan!

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Published: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 9:30 [IST]
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When India has many palaces, forts and towers to flaunt, it also has some architectural masterpieces built beneath the surface of the land like tunnels and stepwells. Chand Baori in Rajasthan is one such stepwell that is worth a visit.

Stepwells are stone water storage wells built near water bodies to preserve water, as a measure to store clean water that can be used by the people of that region. Chand Baori is located in Abhaneri, and is one of the largest stepwells in the world.

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This 1200 year old stepwell is known for its intricate carvings and architectural brilliance. Built between 800 AD and 900 AD, this beautiful stepwell was built by King Chanda of Chauhan dynasty. The stepwell was built as a part of rainwater harvesting, to conserve as much water as possible, as Rajasthan is an arid land and is prone to scarcity of usable water.

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Architecture of Chand Baori

Chand Baori has 3500 narrow steps below the land surface, and over 13 stories. The stepwell is around 20m deep, making it one of the deepest ones built in India. It narrows as we go deep, and the three sides of the well are filled with double flights of steps that take you to the bottom of the well. The fourth side is rich with intricately carved jharokhas (windows), balconies and galleries which were built for the royal family to enjoy their leisure time.

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A Trip to This Artistic Masterpiece

Visit this wonder in Rajasthan and allow yourself to take a flight of 3500 steps to reach the bottom. Take a look up and have a look at the effort put in to make this piece a living legend! Chand Baori is located opposite to Harshat Mata Temple, who was believed to be the Goddess of joy and happiness.

How To Reach Chand Baori

Chand Baori is hidden in the village of Abhaneri in Dausa district. Abhaneri is on NH11, on the Jaipur-Agra road. There are regular buses from here to nearby cities like Agra, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer and Bharatpur. The nearest railway station is at Dausa and the nearest airport is the Jaipur Sanganer Airport. Taxis are available from the railway station and the airport to the stepwell.

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Best Time to Visit Chand Baori

The ideal time to visit this place is from October to March.

Take a trip to the royal land of Rajasthan, and do not forget to visit this man-made wonder at Dausa district!

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