Birkha Bawri – A 21st century active India Stepwell

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Birkha Bawri – A 21st century active India Stepwell

The third stepwell sites which I visited in Jodhpur Rajasthan, after Toor Ji Ka Jhalra and Mahila Bagh Ka Jhalra, was Birkha Bawri.

Now Birkha Bawri isn’t a 6th or 16th century Ancient India Stepwell, built by a royal family. Birkha Bawri is a 21st-century Stepwell developed by real estate firm, Umaid Heritage.

Moreover, this isn’t any tourist site, and I had to contact its architect A Mridul for permission to take photographs, which I got.

Location of Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri is in a housing society which is just opposite The Umaid Bhawan Palace which is the eastern most side of Jodhpur.

View of Umaid Bahwan Palace from Birkha Bawri, Jodhour

View of Umaid Bahwan Palace from Birkha Bawri

So first I had to confirm the guard & then the local management inside the society that I have permission from Mridul & after that they sent a bouncer type guy, just to assist me to reach this 21st-century stepwell.

Why was Birkha Bawri built?

Well in Birkha Bawri

Well in Birkha Bawri

I learnt after visiting Toor Ji Ka Jhalra that till 1996, Jodhpur relied on more than 50 stepwells in the city to improve the ground water of the city.

Now the story behind Birkha Bawri is that Umaid Heritage group had built this amazing society, but they were facing issues of proper water supply from local municipal authorities. So to provide adequate water supply, A Mridul idea to conserve water in a Bawri was accepted by Umaid Heritage and today Birkha Bawri can store over 17.5 million liters of rainwater. More than four major awards have been given to this unique idea.

So here are some pictures for you and my collection of Indian Stepwell Sites.

Entrance of Birkha Bawri in Jodhpur

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Entrance of Birkha Bawri

Structure of Birkha Bawri

Structure of Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri

Jatin Chhabra at Birkha Bawri

Me at Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri Stepwell

Birkha Bawri Stepwell

 

Stairs of Birkha Bawri

Stairs of Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri

Birkha Bawri

By | 2017-05-20T11:47:54+00:00 December 25th, 2016|Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Step Wells|6 Comments

About the Author:

Hi all, I am Jatin Chhabra, born and raised in Delhi India, For me traveling isn't just a hobby, its more than that. More like a way of living my life and I do it every last week of every month. Attraction which attracts me are Off-beat ones and I always try to visit them before me or they, get perish.

6 Comments

  1. Neena Sharma December 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Beautifully captured!

  2. Ritu Raj December 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    extraordinary feeling of presence there

  3. Shreya Majumder December 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Is this the right time to bidit Rajasthan??how is the whether there??

    • Jatin Chhabra December 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Quite nice. Max is 20-25 and min is 10-15
      Extra chill in Sand dune area like Jaisalmer

  4. Vaishnavi February 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Is this site open to all? What are the timings? 🙂

    • Jatin Chhabra February 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Vaishnavi, Birkha Bawri isn’t a tourist attraction so its not open for common public. But if you want to visit this site then you need to ask permission from Umaid Heritage Group in Jodhpur. They might allow.

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