Chand Baori, located in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan, is a famous and arguably among the most beautiful stepwells in India. The stepwell was built in the 9th century by the then ruling king of the region, Raja Chand. Baoris or stepwells in the old days served as reservoirs to store water for summers or parched days.
Built on a square plan, Chand Baori is a 100-feet-deep stepwell that has 3500 narrow steps in 13 storeys. The well is surrounded by steps from three sides, while the fourth side has a set of pavilions that are built one atop the other. The side having pavilions is characterised by niches having beautiful sculptures and religious carvings. There is also a stage for performing arts and several rooms for the king and queen.
Chand Baori is now being managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. There is no fee charged for visiting the monument. The place has also been shown in various movies like The Fall and The Dark Knight Rises.
Harshat Mata Temple, located opposite the Chand Baori in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan, was built during the 8th or 9th century AD. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Harshat Mata who is worshipped as the Goddess of Happiness and Joy. Devotees visiting the temple believe that the Goddess is always happy and imparts her joy to them.
A three-day fair is held at the temple every year in honour of Harshat Mata, and a large number of devotees and merchants from neighbouring villages gather here on the occasion. The temple which is known for its stone architecture is now under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.