Abhaneri (Chand Baori) : The unexplored Gem in the state of Rajasthan
So, what came into your mind when you first heard about the word Rajasthan Big forts, long vast dessert, Dal Bati Churma, Camels, Hawa Mahal, Udaipur am I right? But I am sure never a water body because that not the thing that Rajasthan Famous for although Rajasthan is famous of its water Scarcity.
Yes, as a famous proverb necessity is the mother of invention so is Chand Baori situated in the small village name Abhaneri. How Abhaneri got its name is although a different story but let me first focus about the Chand Baori. So Baori means the Stepwell.
Don’t you know what a stepwell means a stepwell is deep water body in which the rain water is to be conserved and steps are constructed to reach the water so when the water required it can be taken from it. Now you may find it an illogical idea but let me take you to 8th century when the Baori was constructed at that time in the place where water availability is a major concern no major water source. Don’t you think the Construction of such structure is a major step and an advance thing to do.
Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Later It was even defamed by the Mughals. Apart from being such a beautiful site it is generally vacant and not many tourists visit this site due to less branding, if you are looking for an offbeat travel it is good place to visit.
How To reach: It is near to a very famous temple area named as Mehndipur in Town of bandikui District Dausa easily accisble from the capital of state Jaipur By bus, train and Flight to major cities. What you think about the place do let us know.