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Chand Baori stepwell, India. Source: Nicola / Adobe Stock.

Get Lost in the Maze-Like Stepwell of Chand Baori (Video)


The Chand Baori is an architectural marvel that stands out even in a country renowned for its historic wonders. Dating back to the 9 th century AD, this massive stepwell is not just a mere functional structure but an art form in itself. Encompassing approximately 3,500 terraced steps, the well plunges deeply into the ground, reaching an astonishing depth of 100 feet. At the forefront of this stepwell is a grand temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, the revered goddess of joy and happiness, adding to the site's spiritual and cultural significance.

While its staggering beauty and intricate design capture the attention of many, the Chand Baori is not just about aesthetics. Located in Northwestern India, a region known for its dry and arid conditions, the primary purpose of this stepwell was water conservation. Its design ensured that as much water as possible could be stored, especially crucial during the harsh dry spells. Furthermore, the bottommost part of the well offers a naturally cooler environment, making it a popular retreat for the local populace during scorching heatwaves. Such utilitarian yet magnificent designs have even caught the eye of Hollywood, leading to the stepwell's featured appearances in several major films.

Top image: Chand Baori stepwell, India. Source: Nicola / Adobe Stock.

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