The Chand Baori Stepwell in Abhaneri, Rajasthan — India is the oldest and deepest ancient stepwell in the world. Built Between 800 and 900 AD, the well is made up of over 3500 steps in a pyramid pattern that act as stairwells to allow residents of Abhaneri to walk down to the waterline for drinking water, or even a bath. This area of Rajasthan if not only very hot, but notoriously dry, so in centuries-past, this well was a source of health and life.
While three sides of the square well are the steps, the forth side is made up of 13 stories worth of pavilions and rooms. During the hot summer months, feasts and relaxation took place in these pavilions, and this would be the center of town where entertainment would be held. This was not just a well, it was a cultural center.
This is one of the top destinations for travelers to Rajasthan, India; the architecture and mathematics involved with building this huge edifice are almost as impressive as the sheer beauty of the site itself. If you are looking to see a bit of the ancient side of India on your next vacation to India, do not miss the Chand Baori Stepwell.
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