Chand Baori step well

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Abhaneri, India
Chand Baori step well - The step well
Chand Baori step well - Step well's shrine
Chand Baori step well - Local offering
Chand Baori step well - Looking down into the well
Chand Baori step well - Step well's shrine
Chand Baori step well - Carving detail
Chand Baori step well - In the step well's shrine

Chand Baori step well Abhaneri Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Chand Baori step well Oct 19, 2015
The traditional solution in this part of India to the challenge of the scarcity of water was to construct these impressive step wells. These were huge tanks designed to harvest and store what rain water there was. Chand Baori is one of the oldest, largest and most impressive of these. It takes its name from the local ruler who built it at some time between 800 and 900 A.D., King Chanda of the Nikhumba Dynasty. It is 20 metres deep and with 13 levels. On three sides flights of steps lead down these levels to the water at the base. The air here is five or six degrees cooler than at the surface, so as well as providing the local people with water Chand Baori also served as a community gathering place during the intense heat of summer. On the fourth side, the north, is a multi-storied corridor and two projecting balconies with shrines to Hindu gods, including Ganesh. We also spotted a small shrine in one of the small buildings on this side at the top, used by guides and the security guard. These buildings are later additions, although I haven’t been able to find out their exact date. The main structure of the well has been restored, hence its fairly solid and new appearance.

Despite its large scale construction and functional purpose, the stone is beautifully carved in places, and the geometric patterns made by the steps rather pleasing – indeed, it reminded me rather of a painting by Escher.

We had already spent quite a long while at Fatehpur Sikri and still had nearly 100 miles to drive to Jaipur, so we didn’t take the time to go down to the bottom. Ok, I have to admit too that the thought of climbing up again in 38 degree heat didn’t much appeal to me either!

There is no admission fee as such but if you accept the services of one of the guides who will hurry over to greet you then of course you should tip, and in any case the guy looking after the site, who will ask you to write in the visitors' book, will expect some rupees for his trouble.
The step well
Looking down into the well
Carving detail
Step well's shrine
Toonsarah says:
Thank you :-)
Posted on: Mar 26, 2017
docdotcalm24vt says:
Your pics do a great job telling the story of this place.
Posted on: Mar 25, 2017
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