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.
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 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.
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.