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Chand Baori (Step well), Abhaneri

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See an impressive historical feat of engineering and design at Chand Baori (Step well), a stepwell consisting of 3,500 narrow steps descending over 13 stories into the earth. Built sometime between 800 and 900 CE, the well reaches 30 m (98 ft) into the ground, making it one of the largest and deepest structures of its kind in the country. Such wells served for irrigation and water storage purposes, and frequently had additional social and spiritual functions. With the temperature markedly cooler at the bottom of the stepwell than at the level of the ancient city, locals would convene at the foot of the structure when temperatures were particularly intense. With our custom trip planner, Abhaneri attractions like Chand Baori (Step well) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Chand Baori located at Abhaneri village is perhaps the oldest surviving step well in Rajasthan. The distance from Jaipur is about 90km and takes about two hours by cab. Chand ( moon) Baori... 
    Chand Baori located at Abhaneri village is perhaps the oldest surviving step well in Rajasthan. The distance from Jaipur is about 90km and takes about two hours by cab. Chand ( moon) Baori...  more »
  • If you are in Sariska , you may combine a half days trip to this amazing Chand Baori (step well) made in the 9th century. It’s an architectural and engineering marvel . It is 13 stories deep with... 
    If you are in Sariska , you may combine a half days trip to this amazing Chand Baori (step well) made in the 9th century. It’s an architectural and engineering marvel . It is 13 stories deep with...  more »
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  • Chand Baori is said to be named after a local ruler called Raja Chanda.[4] However, no epigraphic evidence has been found regarding the construction of the Chand Baori or the adjoining Harshat Mata Temple. Based on similarities in style and carvings with the terraced temples of Paranagar and Mandore, the Baodi can be dated to 8th-9th century.[5] It was likely constructed before the temple.[6] The Chand Baori is one of the few stepwells that has "two classical periods of water building in a single setting", according to Morna Livingston in Steps to Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India.[1] The oldest parts of the step-well date from the 8th century onwards, An upper palace building was added to the site, which is viewed from the tabulated arches used by the Chauhan rulers and the cusped arches used by the Mughals. Access to these rooms is now blocked for tourists.[1] The upper stories with the columned arcade around it were built around the 18th century during the Mughal era.[7] The Mughals also added art galleries and a retaining wall around the well. Today, there are remains of old sculptures and carvings, which were suggested to be in the temple or in the various rooms.[1] The nearby Harshat Mata Temple was a pilgrimage site and formed a complex together with the well. Many of these stepwells, including Chand Baori, served multiple purposes including drawing water and religious or ceremonial activities.[3] This unique form of underground well-architecture remains constant from the 7th century in the existing monument.[3] Excavated stones of the temple are now kept by the Archaeological Survey of India in the arcades of the well. Chand Baori plays an important part of the main current of architectural activity in western India.
  • This must be a beautiful fort in ancient times however today it's simply in abandoned state. ASI needs to take good care of it. We spent one hour and as i love old places I liked it . But I still prefer that proper care be taken of this place. Weeds have grown at many places which needs to be cleared. There is a huge canon do see it .

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