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Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Chand Baori
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Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri near Bandikui, Rajasthan.
Chand Baori is located in Rajasthan
Chand Baori
Location within Rajasthan
General information
Architectural styleHindu-Rajput
Town or cityBandikui
CountryIndia
Construction startedc. 800
Completedc. 1800
Design and construction
ArchitectLocal

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HistoryEdit

Chand Baori is said to be named after a local ruler called Raja Chanda.[1] The oldest parts of the step-well date from the 8th century onwards, but the upper stories were built around the 18th century during the Mughal era.[2]

OverviewEdit

Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat. One side of the well has a pavilion and resting room for the royals.

In mediaEdit

Chand Baori has been used as a filming location for a number of films, such as Bhoomi, The Fall, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ASI: Chand Baori". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ Morna Livingston (2002). Steps to Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-1-56898-324-0.

Coordinates: 27°00′26″N 76°36′24″E / 27.0072°N 76.6068°E / 27.0072; 76.6068