The Queen’s Stepwell of Bundi – Raniji ki Baori

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The Queen’s Stepwell of Bundi – Raniji ki Baori

The Queen’s Stepwell or in local language “Raniji ki Baori” was the second attraction I toured in Bundi after Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri or 84 Pillared Cenotaph. Why? Its just 2 km away.

The main reason I planned to visit Bundi was to visit this stepwell, as I am collecting pictures of all stepwells in India (read the about us page for why). So this was a crucial site for me and believe me it was worth visiting.

Raniji ki Baori is a 17th century marvel build on the orders of Queen Nathavati, wife of a famous King of Bundi, Anirudh Singh. And this is where the stepwell got its name “Raniji ki Baori”.

Raniji ki Baori Structure

Raniji ki Baori is a three storey stepwell and has two fantastic well-arched gates with great artwork done on the pillars and statues of Elephants made up of white marble (not too white) on the top of all columns. The last (3rd) gate of the stepwell is a beautiful one as it has the sculptures of elephants on all corner and it’s a delight to watch.

The entrance of the baori is on the 2nd floor, as the local authority has closed the entry from the 1st (or ground floor). Might be to stop pigeons entering the stepwell as they have made of mess of almost every stepwell of India. I saw that at Chand Baori in Abhaneri, the rooms were stinking of pigeon shit. At Bundi, they (local authority) have completely covered the baori with an iron sheet, (more like a transparent one) which is a smart move to keep the site clean.

So when I entered the stepwell from the 2nd floor, this is the view which I got:

2nd floor gate of Raniji ki Baori

2nd floor gate of Raniji ki Baori

Statues of elephants on the pillars

Statues of elephants on the pillars

I noted that on both walls of the stepwell, there is temple type wall crafted statues of Hindu gods. Which indicates that either this baori was a temple where locals use to come for praying, or it was only for the royal family as the statues of gods aren’t that big to plan a big religious ceremony.

Temple type structure at Raniji ki baori

Temple type structure at Raniji ki baori

Wall crafted Temple at Raniji ki baori

Wall crafted Temples at Raniji ki baori

Next, I moved to the 3rd floor which has this beautiful arch gate and such an amazing artwork on it, that even Taj Mahal seem second to it. If you are a lover of Indian architecture, then Bundi is a heaven for you because of sites like Raniji ki baori and Garh Palace. Have a look at the pictures of the 3rd floor.

Raniji ki Baori top view

Raniji ki Baori top view

Raniji ki Baori bottom view

Raniji ki Baori bottom view

Raniji ki Baori 3rd floor Gate

Raniji ki Baori 3rd floor Gate

Back wall of Raniji ki Baori

Back wall of Raniji ki Baori

Raniji ki Baori elephant statue

Raniji ki Baori elephant statue

Artwork on Pillar

Artwork on Pillar

Craftsmanship at Raniji ki Baori

Craftsmanship at Raniji ki Baori

And with this, I have seen two beautiful tourist attractions of Bundi. One being this and anther one is Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri or 84 Pillared Cenotaph.

Quick facts about Raniji ki Baori

  • Opening time of Raniji ki Baori is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and its closed on Sundays.
  • Entry ticket is INR 50 for one and INR 75 for two. For foreign travelers, it’s INR 350 for two and INR 200 for one.
  • For students is INR 5 (Indian) and INR 20 (foreigner)
  • It’s an ASI protected and maintained site, so don’t try to do something fishy (damaging), you can get arrested 🙂
  • Landmark near Raniji ki Baori is a police station just across the road and head office of Bundi Municipal Corporate which is just next to it.
  • Finally, instead of buying a ticket to see Raniji ki Baori for INR 50 (for one) buy a combo ticket of INR 75 where you can visit this, 84 Pillared Cenotaph and Sukh Mahal.

And a final view from the bottom of the Baori.

Raniji ki Baori view from bottom

Raniji ki Baori view from bottom

By | 2017-08-18T13:43:19+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Bundi, Rajasthan, Step Wells|12 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.

12 Comments

  1. Natalia Semova August 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Great !! I like much , thanks for share

  2. Shubham Mansingka August 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Lovely photographs. I had the pleasure of exploring Bundi at leisure earlier this year and absolutely adored the sights and the many stepwells.

    Hope to keep in touch with you. I am fascinated by Baoris too.

    travelshoebum.com

    • Jatin Chhabra August 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Bundi is an amazing city though it isn’t as popular as Jaipur or Jodhpur. I plan to visit all Stepwells in India which will take some time. As Bundi has this slogan – “City of Stepwells”, it attracted my interested. Lets connect on FB, its facebook.com/jatinchhabra09

  3. John Siebler August 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  4. Maureen September 12, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Hello Jatin from Chicago. What a wonderful website you’ve created. We are planning to visit Rajasthan in January 2017 and your website has given us lots of ideas. In 2015, we spent a month in Gujarat and saw many fabulous stepwells. There’s an excellent article at http://www.archdaily.com/395363/india-s-forgotten-stepwells. It will give you lots of ideas for where you can see more stepwells. Happy travels!

    • Jatin Chhabra September 17, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Maureen, for the link. I have studied it and even noted many sites from here. My list of stepwellls to visit has gone above 40 and I plan to visit them all before 2018. Plus do have a look at Lonely Planet India before visiting Rajasthan as thats the best one if you are seeking details on amazing tourist sites and cities in Rajasthan.

  5. Xus Castro Valdomar October 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    A magnificent work…

  6. Sapna February 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    A nice post with great pics..i feel instead of askingbreaders to go to your about me page, you should have link that here. Am basically from Rajasthan but now in Delhi. Loved the detailed post.

    Do vist my link, am also a travel blogger 5pointsbysapna.wordpress.com

    • Jatin Chhabra February 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sapna, Didn’t get the part on About me link. Could you explain more?

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