Chand Baori Stepwell

November 3, 2022

Chand Baori, one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan. From Agra, we travelled by road to especially see this stepwell. As I had read it as the largest and most beautiful in all of Rajasthan.  So we hired a driver to take us from Agra to the Chand Baori, then onto the Jaipur.

This beautiful stepwell in the Abhaneri village is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan.

Built by King Chanda. One of the largest stepwells in the world. Built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense heat. It was a community gathering place for locals as well as royals. This architectural wonder with 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps. It is this exquisite geometry that draws local and international visitors to it every year. This stepwell is not easy to find, making it one of India’s hidden wonders.

The play of light and shadow on the steps is what makes the structure so captivating. The baori narrows as one gets closer to the bottom. A double flight of steps on three sides takes one to the surface of the water below. The fourth side is a three-story pavilion. Carved with intricately jharokhas (windows). Galleries and balconies meant for the royal family to sit in. Adjoining the stepwell is the Harshat Mata Temple. This 9th-10th century temple is dedicated to Harshat Mata. Considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness for the whole village.

After our full three week trips through Rajasthan and Varanasi. I realised it was not necessary to visit this stepwell as there are hundreds in India.  The best thing about visiting here. Was the little village just outside this famous stepwell. They were celebrating a wedding and I try to blend in and took beautiful photography.

I also feel that I took my best portrait photograph, of a very shy woman, who was so affectionate. So pure and literally gave me goosebumps. Fascinated by me, my colour, my eyes and we shared ten minutes of beautiful photography.

This natural light photograph won an International GURU shot competition. It as digitally displayed in a Belgian exhibition.

The locals were so welcoming, warm and happy.

Situated 88 kms from Jaipur. To get to there you take a taxi from Sikandra, or from Jaipur. The route from Jaipur to the famous stepwell takes one through Dausa, Sikandra Mod, Goolar Chauraha and finally Abhaneri.

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  • Sally
    November 8, 2022

    Love this blog!

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