Northern India - Stepwells

#1 Dec 7th, 2015, 19:08
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Hi there,

Aussie Dad and dad backpacking in early February from Delhi to Mumbai, hoping to travel primarily by train. We want to visit stepwells through Northern India. We plan on visiting Jaipur then travelling to Abhaneri then down to Ujjain, preferably by train. We hope to stop between Abhaneri and Ujjain and are wondering what some worthwhile sites are along the way. We're looking into Bundi, Jhalawar and Jhalrapatan. Our next stop after Ujjain is Mandu then to Adalaj and possibly Pantan before Mumbai.

Look forward to hearing any advice.

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It would better to visit Abhaneri before Jaipur. You could combine Fatehpur Sikri along with Abhaneri if you take a cab from Agra to Jaipur.

Take a train from Jaipur to Ujjain.
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Abhaneri is probably the most eschersque stepwell you'd see. Patan is beautiful.

If you want to do something other than stepwells, go to Jhalrapatan - lots of street photo ops, three major temples (Shantinath, Sun and Chandrabhaga) and Gagron fort (Rajasthan's only water fort and a UNESCO heritage site, not much to see inside though).

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Some years ago we did Jhalawar/Jalarpatan to Mandu in the opposite direction.
The road from Bhawani Mandi, the nearest railway station, to Jhalawar was very bad and there was no bus or taxi so did it by rickshaw.
I think it is better to take a bus from Bundi or Kota.

For details see the February part of the Kochi Delhi journal in my signature.
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Love Abhaneri and if you fancy looking beyond the guard rails simply slip the caretaker a couple of bob but just make sure there are no tour bses around.
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Lets not forget one nice step well in Delhi itself too. Ugrasen Ki Baoli

In a small lane off Hailey Road, just on the edge of Connaught Place.

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Originally Posted by PSPhillips View Post Hi there,

Aussie Dad and dad backpacking in early February from Delhi to Mumbai, hoping to travel primarily by train. We want to visit stepwells through Northern India. We plan on visiting Jaipur then travelling to Abhaneri then down to Ujjain, preferably by train. We hope to stop between Abhaneri and Ujjain and are wondering what some worthwhile sites are along the way. We're looking into Bundi, Jhalawar and Jhalrapatan. Our next stop after Ujjain is Mandu then to Adalaj and possibly Pantan before Mumbai.

Look forward to hearing any advice.

Y&P
There is a Stepwell in the Mehrauli Archaeological park as well which is just behind the Kutub. It doesn't have water though.

btw why are you interested in stepwells?
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