Best Step Wells?

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I have never seen a step well, except in photos. They look amazing works of art as well as engineering and construction.
Can anyone advise where a good example of these can be seen, preferably somewhere reasonably convenient to get to? (Not in the middle of nowhere)

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Adalaj could be one in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Agrasen kj Baoli in Delhi.

Which places are you going to this time?
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Hey aarosh, wasn't it you who had posted some amazing pics of step-wells in or near Ahmedabad some years ago?




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Rani ni vav By aarosh on Jun 16, 2014. Gallery: Gujarat




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Not sure where I am going yet, but would like to see a few more unusual items. If I can get there by train, and get a hotel nearby, anything is possible. Great photo!

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Also look at the links to hfot2's pics posted by aarosh in the comments for that image:
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See Pic.1 ... right till where the puzzle is solved.

See Pic.2 ... tight till where the puzzle is solved.
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Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for their well known and not so well known stepwells.

Depending on where you decide to go we can let you know the stepwells that could be easily accessed.
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Bundi has loads of stepwells. If you go at the "right season," you may also get to experience a plague of crickets. I spent a memorable night in a Bundi hotel room, cowering under my bedclothes as crickets hopped around the floor and fell from the ceiling. I will never, ever, visit Bundi again.
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Can anyone advise where a good example of these can be seen, preferably somewhere reasonably convenient to get to? (Not in the middle of nowhere)
I would recommend you visit the Stepwell Atlas for a quick look and be overwhelmed for a while.

My second recommendation would be the city of Ahmedabad. The city has three very good stepwells - Adalaj ni vav, Dada Harir ni vav and Mata Bhavani ni vav. There are more in the city if you are really interested. (vav = baoli = well).

You can take a bus from Ahmedabad to Patan via Mehsana, or get to Mehsana by train and take a bus from there. This is where you'll find the Rani ni Vav.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Not sure where I am going yet, but would like to see a few more unusual items. If I can get there by train, and get a hotel nearby, anything is possible.
Again Ahmedabad. The old city is now a World Heritage Site and has quite a few monuments bearing the stamps of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

You can also rent a cab to cover Patan and the the Sun Temple Of Modhera.

For added adventure, you can head west to Surendranagar - quite a few unexplored stepwells there.

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Sounds like fun .
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Well, thanks all for the photos and suggestions... The stepwells remind me of an inside out temple, borrowing down into the ground instead of soaring to the sky, both with stunning features and decoration.

As for the cricket match, I guess they won...

I am now looking forward to also reading more of your blog, Kapil.

Cheers,

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If you do decide to go to Ahmedabad take the Heritage walk if it interests you. There is one organized by the tourism department in the morning and another organized by the House of MG in the night.

If you are interested in an utensils museum you could go to Veechar situated inside Vishala where you can have a traditional dinner. The museum opens post 4:00 pm.
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No one has mentioned chand baori of abhaneri? Has been on my to do list since forever. And hopefully will get ticked off in November.
Also there are 3 of them in Delhi too
Agrasen ki baoli
Raajo ki baoli
Gandhak ki baoli
The first one is right next to Connaught Place but once you enter it, the surroundings are serene. Just that it gets a bit crowded on holidays
The next two are in mehrauli.
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Abhaneri is very close to Bandikui which is a junction on the Delhi-Jaipur (or Agra-Jaipur) railway line.

Chand Baoli was used as a setting in the film The Fall.

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Paheli also had a few scenes there.
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Do the step wells ever fill up with water these days? The Abhaneri photo shows a barrier quite far down near the water, which may imply the water will never rise more that that?
I assume they were filled directly by rainfall and surface water run off, back in the old days?
The bright green water in Abhaneri does not look very appealing...!

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Do the step wells ever fill up with water these days? The Abhaneri photo shows a barrier quite far down near the water, which may imply the water will never rise more that that?
I assume they were filled directly by rainfall and surface water run off, back in the old days?
These wells were initially dug down to ground water level though the drop in the water table has left many of them dry except when filled by rain-water that in time seeps away or evaporates.

This is an article on Agrasen ki Baoli in New Delhi.

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Raghu Rai’s Famous Photo of Agrasen Ki Baoli

One of the most popular photos, clicked in 1971 by Raghu Rai, one of India’s most famous photographers, captures the past glory of Agrasen Ki Baoli. The black and white photo shows the baoli full of water, and the water is black (quite obviously). Titled ‘Diving into Ugrasen Ki Baoli, a 14th century monument,’ the image captures a young boy in the act of jumping from a wall of the baoli into the water. The newly constructed Hans Hotel and other high-rises on Tolstoy Marg can be seen in the background, above the baoli. Two swimmers are already in the water and one can only make out their heads.

There is an interesting incident about the photograph and Agrasen Ki Baoli that Sam Miller writes about in his 2008 book Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity. Over 26 years after the photo was clikced, Sam Miller visits Agrasen Ki Baoli. It is locked and is opened by an unenthusiastic watchman.

Mr. Miller has seen Raghu Rai’s photograph countless times and decides to check with the watchman if he has also seen it. The watchman’s response ‘stuns’ him. It turns out that the young boy in the photograph is the watchman himself. Bagh Singh, the watchman, has a kept a clipping from a magazine and shows it to Mr. Miller as proof. The book has a photo of a cigarette-smoking Bagh Singh holding the clipping with Agrasen Ki Baoli in the background.

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