One of the oldest and interesting landmarks of Rajasthan is the Chand Baori. This amazing maze of light and shadow was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 8th and 9th century AD. This well is one of the largest stepwells in the world.
This kind of stepwells can only be found in the Indian subcontinent. Due the arid climate conditions of rajasthan these wells were developed to act as reservoirs that can store large amount of water and kept the surrounding cool. At the bottom of the well the temperatures is 5-6 degrees cooler than the surface. Due to this reason Chand Baori was used as a public gathering space in the peak of summers.
Going by the statistics it is the deepest stepwell at 100 feet depth and has total 3500 steps.
The well is surrounded by step on three sides and ion the fourth side is the royal pavilion 3 storeys high with ornate jharokas.
The precision in numbers and overlaps is a classic example of the expertise of Indian Architecture. Adjoining the well is the temple of Harshat Mata, to whom the well is dedicated.
Backdrop for movies
The interesting play of shadow and light makes this a mysterious space and maybe the reason why it has been featured in movies like “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Fall” “The best exotic Marigold” “Paheli” and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”
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