Toor ji ki Baori or Toor ji ka Jhalra – One of three stepwells I visited in Jodhpur

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Toor ji ki Baori or Toor ji ka Jhalra – One of three stepwells I visited in Jodhpur

I visited Jodhpur in Nov’16 and visited some fantastic sites like Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan and a few more. But for me, this tour was to capture and add pictures/ content in my collection of Ancient Indian Stepwells, that are worth seeing.

So after visiting Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, I parked my car at Sardar Market, famous for its Clock Tower.

Jatin Chhabra at Sardar Market Jodhpur

Sardar Market & Clock Tower

From here I walked and asked like 30 odd people where I can find Toor Ji Ki Baori, and every one of them said – what?

You see in Jodhpur, local call stepwell as “Jahlara”, not baori or baoli. So a person corrected me & told it’s Toor Ji Ka Jhalra, and it’s just two blocks away. Finally, I reached Toor Ji Ki Baori or to say it correctly Toor Ji Ka Jhalra.

Toor ji ka Jhalra at Jodhpur

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor Ji Ka Jhalra is a nice, clean stepwell, which is said to be as old as 6th century AD (not sure whether it’s correct).

Toor Ji Ka Jhalra is the first stepwell site in India I have seen, where there are fishes & that naturally means that the water here is clean.

Clean Water of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Clean Water

Along with capturing photographs, which I have added below, I also gathered some information about Toor Ji Ka Jhalra.

Before 1996, Jodhpur has more than 50 active stepwell sites which were an important source of water for the locals. But in 1996, the Indira Gandhi canal project was introduced in Jodhpur, via which water came to almost all homes in the Blue city via pipelines, and these stepwells were reduced to garbage dump sites.

Toor Ji Ka Jhalra was lucky as survived. Some local temples included this site for religious ceremonies & took proper care of this baori.

Have a look at some images I took for my collection

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Stepwells of Toor ji ka Jhalra

Sardar Market Entrance

Sardar Market Entrance

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

By | 2017-08-18T13:11:20+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Step Wells|22 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.

22 Comments

  1. Steve Briggs December 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    There are so many great things to see in Jaipur , all i saw was the tourist rubbish . Unfortunately when i got there i was really tyred ( id ridden from goa ).

    • Jatin Chhabra December 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      This one is in Jodhpur, 335 km from Jaipur. But you are most welcome to visit Jaipur again. And I would suggest you to check Tripadvisor India before planning a sightseeing tour, anywhere in India. I do it all the time. and you can also check my tour taxi site where I am planning to start a blog to – RajputanaCabs.in

  2. Neeraj Malik December 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Wow good work keep it up

    • Jatin Chhabra December 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      There are still two more stepwell sites worth visiting Jodhpur. Will share them soon.

  3. Purvendu Kalpana Sharma December 12, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Cool m about to visit thr too in the month of January … & Jaiselmer

    • Jatin Chhabra December 12, 2016 at 1:14 am - Reply

      Do visit Sam sand dune area near Jaisalmer and also the sites between Jaisalmer and Sam like Kuldhara haunted village, Kabha fort and one more which I can’t remember.

  4. My Unfinished Life December 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Nice to know about the step wells in jodhpur and this one certainly looked very clean and water fresh!!

  5. Purvendu Kalpana Sharma December 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    thanks fr the info I would surely do , u r welcomed for one more time ..

  6. Jpr Arv December 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Jatin Chhabra great going…how many Bawris have been ticked off till now from your list?

    • Jatin Chhabra December 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      17 out of 58 🙂

  7. சரண்யா இரா பா December 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Can u share ur itinerary in jodhpur?

    • Jatin Chhabra December 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      You just contact Mr Singh from Rajputana Cabs. His number will be on this site – rajputanacabs.in – I personally drove from jaipur – ajmer – pushkar and jodhpur in a cab.

  8. Shabnam Bhar December 14, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Superb view

  9. Upamanyu Roy December 14, 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience, it is great to witness the the heritage of mewar.

  10. Ambika Choudhary Mahajan December 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I missed this on my last visit to Jodhpur. Am fascinated by baolis too

  11. Sumit Bhardwaj December 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Old ia gold

  12. Pranshu Dubey March 23, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply
  13. Anil Razdaan April 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I am not sure if these images are of Toorji ka jhalra (or Toorji ki baori). They seemed to be of Chand Baori in Abhaneri. I have lived in Jodhpur for early life, and graduated of Jodhpur Uiversity, in 1969. I am planning to visit Jaipur/Jodhpur in near future, just to show my kids my Sardar School, Pratap School, Lachoo Memorian College ( when it was first established on Pratap School Grounds), etc.

    • Jatin Chhabra April 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Hey Anil. this is Toor ji ki Baori or Toor ji ka Jhalra, as you can see that the 1st image is from Sardar Market & Clock Tower in Jodhpur. So I walked from here towards Toor ji ki Baori, can’t wake from to chand baori which is 400 km 🙂

      Beside, check out my post in Chand Baori, as it was the stepwell site I visited. Here is the link – jatinchhabra.com/trip-mysterious-step-wells-abhaneri-chand-baori/

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