Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

Articles Jul 04, 2020 13:04

Seen from above, the thousands-year-old ancient work makes visitors feel as if they are lost in an underground maze.

Chand Baori is the largest and most impressive ancient well, built by King Chanda Raja from the Gujara Pratihara clan around the 9th century, located in the village of Abhaneri, eastern province of Rajasthan, India. It is also one of the most beautiful step wells in the world still preserved today.

Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

As the place is not easy to find, Chand Baori well was once considered a hidden secret of India.

The ancient Chand Baori consists of 3,500 steps leading to the bottom of the well 20 meters deep, with narrow stairs arranged in a perfect symmetrical pattern. The well has a square shape, consisting of 13 basements, with its three sides are stairs in parallel with the edge of the wall, the other side is built as a small mansion, a place for the king and queen to rest.

Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

This step well is located so deep underground that it makes people feel like getting lost in a maze without exit. Its majestic design to this day is still praised by many people.

More than just a well, Chand Baori is designed as an architectural building with a reversed pyramid shape. Through the monumental scale of the building, visitors can see the superior technique of Indian stone carvers more than 1,000 years ago.

Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

According to the ancient legend of the locals, the devil helped them create the step well in just one night. The reason the well has so many steps is to prevent people from climbing down to get the coins that pilgrims threw for good luck.

At the bottom of the well is a green puddle. Rajasthan is originally an arid region so every drop of water is very valuable, forcing people to dig very deep wells to find underground water.

For about 1,000 years, this ancient well supplied valuable water, feeding over 300,000 people, before the modern water supply system was built. This great work is even compared to the Taj Mahah temple in India.

Discover Chand Baori: the thousand-year-old underground well

Chand Baori is also compared to a giant fan, where the cool temperature is ideal for people to avoid heat, as the bottom of the well is 5-6 degrees Celsius lower than the ground.

Nowadays, the water turns green and becomes not as hygienic, so no one uses it anymore. But the unique architecture of the building still attracts a lot of tourists.

The unique architecture of the ancient Chand Baori step well has appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like "The Dark Knight Rises"; "The Fall"...

With its extraordinary features, the ancient Chand Baori step well is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Watch: Get Lost in the Maze-Like Stepwell of Chand Baori

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