Best Step Wells?

#16 Sep 9th, 2017, 17:23
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Chand Baoli, Rajasthan. Photo- November 2015

Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Photo- June 2013
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Panna meena ka kund, photographed last year, old Amber village..legend is that dulha rae attacked the meena tribe along the edges of an older step well that stood at this spot and usurped the throne of Amber, founding the kachhwaha dynasty that rules Jaipur to this day. The meena did not bear arms on the day of tarpan (offering water to the forefathers) and were slain by this child they had raised.....
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What stunning photos, folks!
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Hi Ed
Have you seen the 'other' stepwells dotted around Jaipur, there's half a dozen, maybe more - but nothing on the scale of Panna Meena Ka Kund or Chand Baori.
The one below was used for diving by the locals back in 2014, but in 2015 it was completely dry and looked neglected. In 2016, it was dry again and had scaffolding surrounding the inside of it (as did another one nearby), not sure what was happening.

My favorite stepwell so far is Toorji Ka Jhalra at Jodhpur. I'll be back in Jodhpur next month for 3 nights, and have booked a stepwell walk with Virasat Experiences - so hopefully I'll get to see a few more that I haven't seen.

Delhi has some nice Stepwells as mentioned by aarosh & Golghar. The last photo is of a baoli in RK Puram Sector 5.

Jaipur

The same one a year ealier..


Jodhpur


Delhi


I thought the fence around Chand Baoli would be for keeping people out?
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Excellent link by the way Kapilankar - thanks for that! Will have to register, I've got photos of one that they missed
I'd quite like to buy one of those books on stepwells, but they are really expensive on Amazon, seen one listed in a Varanasi bookshop website, so might make a visit when I'm there.

There's a blog on stepwells which is quite interesting and worth a look -
http://jatinchhabra.com/
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The authors of those books have websites as well with good information. Yes, the books are now hot properties and cost a fortune. I think I obtained the last few available at "reasonable" cost. I was amazed that it passed by my treasurer given the 3 digit price..
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Paheli also had a few scenes there.
The movie Paheli has been majorly shot at a place called Todaraisingh in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. Todaraisingh is so far been an offbeat destination, but is reknowned for the stepwells. It was recommended to me by a local on a bus from Udaipur to Bundi (uff!), but I'm yet to visit.
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Another resource: https://waterkader.wordpress.com/

This one is a blog account of one person chasing stepwells in the Surendranagar-Rajkot areas of Gujarat.
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While we are at it, Karnataka also has stepwells, though not always as artistic as the northern counterparts:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/attac...ust-2016-5.jpg
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i swam in the step well in jodhpur this afternoon. it is nearly filled with water. the water is "relatively" clean.

i would advise against bundi. i was there in 2015 and most were literally used as public toilets.

the most beautiful architecturally will be found in gujarat though.
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Chand Baori, the Abhaneri stepwell, is beautiful. However when I was last there it was entirely fenced off, so no one could climb down any of the steps. It's still worth a visit and the small temple adjacent, as well as all the rescued carvings that are on the grounds of the stepwell, add to the visit. If you're wanting to climb up/down the stairs, however, this might not be the stepwell for you.

Although small compared to other step wells, I found the Panna Meena ka Kund stepwell in Amber to be quite enchanting...no one was there and I had the stepwell to myself. It's fully open and the town is enchanting, including some great temples, as well. One of them (Badrinath) has a giant pot of marijuana growing in it, also. If you're interested in textiles, the Anokhi Museum is there in the town, also.

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