Chand Bawari

Chaand Baawari- The Town of stepwells
Located in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Chaand Baawari is a heritage location well situated in the village of Abhaneri. The village is situated at a distance of 95 kms away from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra Road. This place was originally named as Abha Nagri and termed as the city of Brightness. Though it is a different matter altogether that because of the mispronunciations, the name is changed. Though the city is in a dire state, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Over 13 stories it has 3500 steps, and it extends 30 deep feet into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest step wells in the country. It is one of the famous and oldest landmarks in the state of Rajasthan. It was dedicated to Harshad Mata, who is the Goddess of Happiness and Joy.
The state of Rajasthan is arid, and the main objective of Chaand Baawari was to conserve as much water as possible. Towards the bottom of the well, it remains 5 to 6 degrees cooler than normal, and it was used for the locals during their community gatherings. On one side of the well, there is a pavilion and resting room for the locals. It is located around 1.5 km from Alwar and just a mere turn from the highway and when you proceed around 1 km it would lead to this place. There is a sign board that will direct you towards this place. Baori in Hindi refers to a step well. So it basically suggests that it is a step well that was constructed during the period of 800 to 900 A.D. Rajasthan is one of the hottest states in the country and therefore to conserve the rain water, the state had the emergence of many step wells. It is one of the massive and oldest structures in the world.
Planning your trip?
More than half a day is sufficient for visiting this place. If your hobby is photography, then the obvious fact is that you will like to spend the whole day there. It is one of the best places to visit if you have a strong liking for architecture. Local guides are there for both the regional and the foreign tourists. If one needs guides apart from English and Hindi language, then it would be better to get in touch with an operator from Jaipur.
Where to stay?
Since it is a village and on the route to Jaipur, it would be a good idea to stay in Jaipur or Alwar.
Some essential tips:
The best time of the year to visit Alwar and nearby places is during the winter months between November to February. As this placeboasts of architecture, you cannot expect any level of luxury. In the summer months, the scorching rays of the sun will dampen your visit to this place. The best method would be to travel to Jaipur and then to reach the place. It is easy to reach there as Jaipur is connected to the rest of the country by railway, air, and road.

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