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Thursday, November 26, 2009

CHAND BAORI - Little-known Wonder of Rajasthan

Chand Baori (Chand means "Moon" named after the king Raja Chand and baori means "Well") is a locally famous step-well situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built by Raja Chand or Chandra, a Nikumbha Rajput during 8th-9th century of Chahmana Dynasty who was ruling Abha-Nagari or Abaneri during that time. This is one of the earliest wells in Rajasthan.

This step well is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and is also one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It has 3,500 narrow steps and 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.