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The Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri | by Saumil U. Shah
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The Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri

Chand Baori is a large stepwell in the village of Abhaneri in Northern Rajasthan. The stepwell is HUGE - apparently the largest in the world. The stepwell was constructed in the 9th century A.D., a few centuries before the stepwells of Adalaj and Rani ki Vav.


Stepwells not only serve as easy access to water, but also as a community gathering place. The townsfolk would sit around the well and cool off during the hot summer days. The Chand Baori also had a royal residence with rooms for the king and queen to stay. There was a stage for performing arts too.


We were in awe of the place. The Chand Baori is 13 storeys deep and has thousands of steps going up and down the levels. Would be very interesting to host a game of Donkey Kong at this site!


These pictures are a part of our journey through Northern Rajasthan and Agra. Sit back and view my Jaipur slideshow.

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Taken on January 6, 2012