For me, 25 to 30th of every month, is reserved for my road trips. And in July I planned to visit Bundi, the city of Step wells, but the God of Rain “Indra” has been graceful on us as it has been raining all July.
And finally in the 1st week of August, clouds gave me a break, and I hired a cab to visit Neemrana & Narnual at the borders of both Rajasthan and Haryana.
FYI, roads in Rajasthan are better than the ones in Haryana (keeping national highways apart)
Neemrana Boali, Rajasthan
Neemrana Baoli is in the royal city of Neemrana which is famous for its 13th century Fort that is now a luxurious hotel, operated by Neemrana Group.
Fun fact – You can also enjoy aerial zip line adventures at Neemrana Fort, which will cost you some nice amount of money.
Coming back to the Neemrana Step well, this is a 16th century (1760) Marvel, with nine stories inside the ground, not the sky.
There is no name mentioned anywhere on the site which tell us that who build this baoli, but after talking with the locals, I got some glimpse of this baoli history.
The Maharaja of Neemrana developed this step well in the 1760s to restore water, and as I can clearly see the rooms type structure on both sides, so this Baoli must have been an AC like Inn (Hotel) as the temperature in these step wells is 5 degrees lower than the weather outside.
Time to travel inside this Baoli
There isn’t any entry ticket, so I just parked the car on the main road and went inside. The path, which is on the entry level is like the ground floor of the baoli, and from here I could clearly saw the 6th floor. Check the below pics to see yourself.
Then I walked up to the other side of this baoli and climbed a floor above.
The thing is that if we consider the entry path as the ground floor than there are eight stories under the ground and one above.
The below picture is the view from the top storey. Have a look.
After taking some pics from this floor, I walked deeper to get the glimpse of all the floors of the Boali and here is what I saw.
A sense of Neemrana Baoli from the last stair
And this concludes my trip to Neemrana. I didn’t visit Neemrana Fort as they have this crazy entry fee of INR 1600 per person to explore the fort and besides I had to visit Narnaul Boali which is 40 km west from here.
I came to know about Narnual Baoli from a list of India step-wells at Wikipedia but after traveling an hour, I reached Narnaul City and was surprised to see that no one no nothing about the Narnaul Baoli.
Because there isn’t any baoli here.
But pictures don’t lie and after spending an hour asking locals, I heard about a village name Mukundpura (or Mukendpura), which is 9-10 km from here. As I came close to this village, one thing was sure that there is a baoli here.
Mukendpura is 10 km from the Narnual city, and Yes, there is an ancient baoli here, but it’s not Narnaul Baoli, its Mukendpura Baoli.
That’s the real name, and I am also trying to correct the name from Narnaul to Mukendpura Baoli in Google Map, Tripadvisor, and Wikipedia.
Mukendpura Baoli isn’t a fancy spot as the condition isn’t great and but the good thing is that the local village panchayat does clean the step well once in a year.
Here are some pics which I collected for the blog and for you.
My regards to the guy (ex-sarpanch) in the middle who gave me a lift on the muddy road.
And with this, I have officially visited four ancient step wells of India, and now 39 left to go.
How to reach Neemrana & Mukendpura (Narnaul)
Neemrana is at the center of Delhi-Jaipur Highway and thus you won’t find it difficult to reach, but Mukundpura is a bit tough, as there isn’t any GPS location available of this village.
So to reach Mukendpura, you need to take a right cut before Behror on Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH 48), drive straight 28 km towards Narnaul City. From here, you will have to ask the route for Mukundpura village which is a 8 km bumpy road, west to Narnaul city.
But if you have that travel addiction, no road is bumpy for you. So be ready as in some places, you won’t even find road. 🙂