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Chand Baori, Abhaneri

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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.

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