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The Stepwells of Jaipur & Beyond

A city with breathtaking views, Jaipur is known for architectural marvels that are a reflection of India’s ancient history. The Pink city is home to “Wells which have Stairs” also known as Stepwells or Baoris. Not much is known about the origin of Stepwells of Jaipur. However, their history can be traced back to 200-400 AD. With time, Stepwells of Jaipur began to crumble and turn into a mere fragment of India’s ancient supreme craftsmanship but only a few have survived over centuries. So, here are pictures of famous Baoris which reflect Jaipur’s royal history.

Chand Baori

Named after local ruler Raja Chanda, Chand Baori dates back to the 10th century. It consists of 3,500 steps over 13 stories and extends more than 100 ft into the ground.

stepwell in Rajasthan
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Panna Meena ka Kund

It was built during Maharaja Jai Singh’s reign in the 16th century. The Kund is famous for its symmetrical design. Many locals believe that the purpose of Panna Meena ka Kund was to provide water to the people of Amer.

Panna Meena ka Kund stepwell
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Nahargarh Stepwell

It was built as part of a water catchment system to provide water to Nahargarh fort. Non-symmetrical in shape, Nahargarh Stepwell was constructed in 1734 under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

Nahargarh stepwell
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Hadi Rani ki Baori

Located in the ancient city of Toda Rai Singh, Hadi Rani ki Baori has quite a fascinating history. Named after Hadi Rani, who severed her head to motivate Maharaja of Mewar to fight a war against Aurangzeb between 1653-1680.

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Toorji ka Jhalra

Built by a consort of Maharaja Abhay Singh in the 1740s, the ancient stepwell is located in Jodhpur. The famous rose-red sandstone used to construct Toorji ka Jhalra.

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Raniji Ki Baori

Rani Nathavati Ji built the step-well in 1699. The Queen’s stepwell has a narrow entrance marked by four pillars. The stepwell is more than 150 ft deep.

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Jachcha ki Baori

Lakkhi Banjara built Jachcha ki Baori according to local folklore. The structure is geometrical and it is one of the only baoris to be associated with legends dating back centuries.

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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi