Trip to the mysterious step wells of Abhaneri Chand Baori

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Trip to the mysterious step wells of Abhaneri Chand Baori

Rajasthan is full of mysterious and extraordinary places, and Abhaneri’s Chand Baori is one of them.

I was told about Chand Baori in the past, but I never had the chance to visit it until I came to know about the concept of Baori (Stepwell to store water and even a type of shelter).

In India, there are more the three dozen baori’s, all spread across the states of New Delhi, Harayana, Rajasthan and other areas of western India.

These baori’s were constructed to improve the water level of a whole region and later by the 12th century they offer shelter like guest house for travelers coming from outside. (A good example of that will be Neemrana Baoli, not too far from Chand Baori)

Small history of Chand Baori

Chand Baori of Abhaneri

Chand Baori of Abhaneri

Chand Baori of Abhaneri was built by Nikumbha Rajput rulers of Chahamana dynasty who ruled Abhaneri or as they said Abha Nagri during 8-9th century AD and though there is a temple next to the Baori, there is no way hell that this step well was a sacred spot.

Harshat Mata Temple

There are two attractions here, one is the Baori and 2nd an ancient temple of Harshat Mata, which is now dedicated to Durga as this temple was destroyed during Mahmud Ghazni invasion of India.

Nevertheless, the temple has some great ancient artifacts for all travelers, and I was able to get these pictures for you and me. Have a look:

Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

Harshat Mata Temple

Harshat Mata Temple

Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

 Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

Harshat Mata Temple artifacts

Chand Baori, Abhaneri

Just 20 meters away from Harshat Mata Temple we have the entry gate of Chand Baori with a sign board from ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) claiming this step well as a national heritage and in every way it is remarkable.

Entrance of Chand Baori

Entrance of Chand Baori – At the entrance view of Chand Baori, there isn’t any entry ticket or parking charge.

So considering the above image as Entry View Angle A, you can get the complete picture of this square shape step well in 4 shots naming A.B.C & D. Just have a look at the next three images.

Chand Baori view from Angle A

Chand Baori view from Angle B

Chand Baori view from angle B

Chand Baori view from Angle C

Chand Baori view from Angle C

Chand Baori view from Angle D

And thats me

Jatin Chhabra at Chand Boari

Me at Chand Boari Abhaneri

So after this parikrama of Chand Baori I tried to went inside, but was stopped by two local authority guys saying that it isn’t safe to enter as the steps are slippery. They are just trying to scare travelers, not to go inside the stepwell. Nevertheless, you can convince them to enter easily, and I did & got these pictures.

Way inside Baori

Way inside Baori

Complex inside Baori

Complex inside Baori

View from step wells below

View from step wells below

Amazing structure

Amazing structure

An amazing and scientific fact about a proper build baori, like Chand Baori, is that temperature in a baori is 5 degree Celsius down as compared to the temperature outside.

And this is one of the main reason baori’s were built in the past, as India is and always have been a hot tropical land.

A few more points to suggest

You will also notice some 8th century statues at Chand Baori complex which belongs to Harshat Mata Temple. It’s being kept here to preserve them as they were destroyed at a wicked time of Indian history.

Artefacts of Harshat Mata Temple st Chand Baori

Artefacts of Harshat Mata Temple st Chand Baori

How to reach Chand Baori?

Way towards Chand Baori via Jaipur Agra Highway

Way towards Chand Baori via Jaipur Agra Highway

I hired a cab from Rajputana Cabs, Jaipur and it took one and a half hour to reach. We choose the route from Sisodia Rani Garden, which is Jaipur Agra Road. There will be a total of 5 toll points till Chand baori, and four of them are payable. So do set aside INR 400 for a return trip to Jaipur.

It took 6 hours for a return trip, like 3-4 hour driving and an hour and a half at the Abhaneri. Plus the Abhaneri village is quite clean, so I trying local food or sweets would be suggestible.

And… on our way back to Jaipur, we went to a destination which I believe hasn’t been on the web.

Hint – its sand dunes of Jaipur. Yep, 60-80 meter tall sand dunes, just 45 km away from Jaipur. Wait for the next post in a week to see actual proof.

Movies in which Chand Baori is featured

I first saw Chand Baori in 2006 Hollywood movies The Fall. Later Chand Baori was also featured in films like 2008 The Dark Knight Rises, 2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and 2007 Bollywood film Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

By | 2017-05-20T11:48:02+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Rajasthan, Step Wells|33 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.

33 Comments

  1. Vijay Sharma July 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Actually Boari or Bowari is a telgu term, as villages near Hyderabad still calls wells as Bowari. And the one which you have mentioned dosen’t look like it was build for storing water. There is also one in Vijayanagar, do check that.

    • Jatin Chhabra August 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Will do. Vijayanagar and hampi are on my bucket list.

  2. Brennan October 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Jatin, we will be headed to India soon and Chand Baori is part of the stop. I’d like to clarify if the INR400 is just a 1-way estimate from Jaipur? Google says the entire distance is around ~90 km/way and Rajputana Cabs charges INR9/km.

    The reason I asked is because I’d like to assess if this option (i.e., via rented cab) makes better sense compared to riding buses from Agra or Jaipur to get to Chand Baori.

    • Jatin Chhabra October 11, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Brennan. INR 400 is the sum I paid for the toll charges – from Jaipur to Abhaneri. So as you are coming from Agra to Jaipur by bus, then you don’t need to worry about these toll charges as they are included in the ticket.

      As per my experience, I will suggest you to hire a cab from a tour taxi firm (I prefer Rajputana Cabs), and the basic car rental in north India is INR 9 per km (8 if its a week plus tour) and minimum 250 km charge (per day) = INR 2250 + 200 which is more like breakfast money for the driver (optional)

      So bus from Agra will be a cheaper option, but then you will have to stop at Dausa, and then hire some local transport like tuk-tuk till Chand baori.

  3. Nalini gouri December 23, 2016 at 4:04 am - Reply

    I fell in love with all the things you have done, would very much like to see Chand Baori on our trip this January. I am traveling with my husband and daughter and need an excellent guide + leaving Delhi to Agra( we have hotel reservation already), see The TajMahal at sunset + other sites during the day spend the night and then drive to Jaipur( stopping in Chand Baori) and then 3 days inJaipur( hotel already booked) and finally fly to Udaipur for 2 day. We then fly back to Delhi and catch our flight back home to geneva Switzerland. A bit jammed packed, but both my husband+ daughter work.
    You seem to travel with the same taste as me. Could you help me? I am Indian living abroad married to an Italian. I want to show my faughter our wonderful culture. We start our trip mid January. Please reply in some manner
    Thank you

    • Jatin Chhabra December 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      It would be a pleasure to assist a fellow traveller and believe me you are not the first to ask info about Chand Baori 🙂 I have mailed all the details via mail…

  4. Jherson Jaya February 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Wow you are so generous guy. We will visit India for 20 days in March and Chand Baori is one of our stops. Hope to meet you on the road 😉

    • Jatin Chhabra February 17, 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

      You can meet me anytime at my home in Delhi 🙂

      Chand baori is amazing, I am personally collecting pictures of some amazing maintained Stepwells in India and abroad and Chand Baori is one of top 3 ones. 1st is Rani ki Vav in Patan Gujarat.

      If you have any question on travelling in India, then feel free to message me at my FB page – facebook.com/jatintheexplorer

      Would love to assist a fellow blogger 🙂

  5. Suhail February 20, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Few question plz..

    Is chand baori a crowded space?
    What about parking space, is there enough space?
    Can we enter on its stairs, as i m gng wd my kid, so is anyone going to stop us or we can enter freely?
    I m coming from delhi, so how is the road condition from Alwar state highway?

    • Jatin Chhabra February 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Suhail,

      It’s nice to see that finally some Delhi travellers are visiting Chand Baori. So here are my views.

      1. crowded space?
      Not at all – I visited Chand Baori in July’16 and there were just 6 people (apart from 2 guards) in the complex. Plus, in the above comment Brennan visited Chand Baori near Diwali 2016 and he said that there were like 25 odd people. So, there is no chance that you will see 100 odd people at Chand Baori.

      2. parking space

      There is no official parking site near Chand Baori. But never the less, you can park your car next to Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple. Chand Baori is in Abhaneri village which is quite clean and friendly.

      3. enter on its stairs freely
      Well it’s not allowed to enter the Baori. But I gave Rs 200 to the guards after 5 mins talk. Not proud of it but I had to get some shots from the lower levels.

      4. road condition from Alwar
      I went from Jaipur, so it was the Jaipur-Agra highway for me. Now I have visited half of Rajasthan by road and but state highways are not as nice as NH, but never the less Alwar is a big city so chances are high that you will find good road from here. Plus, if possible, plz share the road condition as I am also planning to visit Chand Baori again in March from this route 

      Hope I could assist. Plus, feel free to ask anything here at my FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/jatintheexplorer/

      • Suhail Zaidi February 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        Thank u so much Jatin for such a quick response. Its really helpful.

        Have a great day ahead!!

        • Jatin Chhabra March 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          No problem… Though do visit Fatehpur Sikri which is not to far from Chand Baori and is an amazing site as well.

  6. Maxime March 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Thank’s so much for this article!
    Doing a trip to Abhaneri Chand Baori is on the top of my Travel List. This place seems just unreal..

    • Jatin Chhabra March 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maxime, Chand Baori is amazing. Even I am planning to visit it again next month.
      Plus do check out Fatehpur Sikri which isn’t far from Chand Baori.

  7. Paulina March 20, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Wow, Abhaneri Chand Baorilooks like a true hidden gem. The pics really make me want to travel there. It seems to be a very unique place.

    • Jatin Chhabra March 20, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

      Thanks Paulina, no doubt that Chand Baori is a hidden gem. I would suggest to visit India as there are some incredibly sites like Chand Baori in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

  8. Sandy N Vyjay March 22, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    The step well looks hypnotizing! I really want to visit it once. I am intrigued by the Harshat Mata temple artifacts. They are beautiful! Chand Baori is an architectural feat!

    • Jatin Chhabra March 22, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Thanks Sandy. Yeah Chand Baori is amazing and I don’t miss a chance to visit this site.

  9. Harsh Gupta March 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    There is something so damn mysterious about such baoris. There’s one in Delhi also Agrasen’s Baoli. It’s eeriee but the architecture definitely makes up for it. Abhaneri Baori is beautiful and I would visit it for sure.

    • Jatin Chhabra March 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Harsh, I have been to Agrasen’s Baoli but it’s no where similar as Chand Baori. Though many ghost stories about these Baori’s have come up as they were banned by the Britishers and left vacant for years. You will be surprise to hear that there is a stepwell in Jodhpur which is called as Bhoot Baori. Locals says that this stepwell was made by the dead…

  10. Brianna March 23, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    That is absolutely breathtaking! I can’t imagine having to walk up all those steps. But still, it does create some really interesting architectural effects!

  11. Nisha March 26, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    This is quite a spectacular Baori. I have hardly scratched the surface of Rajasthan and have a lot of places to visit and Chand Baori is one of them. The other beautiful Baori I saw is in Modhera Sun Temple called SuryaKunda.

    • Jatin Chhabra March 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Yeah, Chand Baori is quite spectacular and you can see a lot more those sites in Rajasthan.
      I also visited Modhera Sun Temple in Non’16 plus even the one in Patan – Rani Ki Vav. Both are amazing sites.

  12. Mike Cotton April 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    What an interesting place. The stairs look like they could be a challenge, one misstep and down you go. But the photographic opportunities look incredible there.

    • Jatin Chhabra April 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike, you are right about the misstep part, but stil Chand Baori is place worth a visit 🙂

  13. Reshma Narasing April 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    The step well looks so incredible. Rajasthan has so much to offer and Chand Boari is on my list of places for my next trip there. I loved the pictures of the temple.

    • Jatin Chhabra April 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Reshma, yeah Harshat Mata temple is also worth exploring.

  14. Riely April 5, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Chand Baori seems like a must see in Abhaneri. It’s too bad you can’t navigate down the steps a little bit. I wouldn’t want to venture too far down, but it does seem intriguing. The Harshat Mata temple also seems worth exploring. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jatin Chhabra April 5, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Thanks Riely, well couldn’t go down as the guard start shouting that why I even entered the baori 🙂

  15. Suma April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Wow, the step well is really impressive! I have read a lot about Baoris in Delhi and Rajasthan, but never got an opportunity to visit them. The steps looks very intimidating, but nevertheless it will be fun visiting this ancient wells. Thanks for the share :).

    • Jatin Chhabra April 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Suma, Baoli’s are every where in India. Plus if you want to check out something unique, then have a look at Rani Ki Vav in Patan Gujarat.

  16. Harsh Gupta April 6, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    There is something amazing about the intricate architecture of palaces, temples, and monuments in Delhi that catch my fancy. There is a baoli in Delhi which looks quite mysterious. Chand baoli definitely is a notch higher in the mystery quotient, especially the stepwell! I am definitely putting this on the list for my next visit to Rajasthan.

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