Abhaneri is located in Rajasthan, a couple of hours drive from Jaipur and four hours from Agra, and is a destination not to be missed when traveling between these two locations.
In fact, Abhaneri houses the Chand Baori, one of the deepest stepwell in India, a unique engineering work, with an architecture and perspectives so particular, that it seems coming out from a Escher's painting. The construction of Chand Baori probably started around the 7th century, although some archaeologist believe that it dates back to no earlier than the 9th century. This stepped well was built to ensure an easily accessible source of water during the dry seasons: the well has 3500 steps built to reach the water 13 floors below the ground, at a depth of 30 meters (98.4 feet), even though the level of water actually depended on rainfall throughout the year.
Not far from Chand Baori stepped well, we find the ancient Hindu temple of Harshat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness, built more or less in the same historical period and whose ruins are unfortunately not in perfect state.
To visit Abhaneri, including Chand Baori stepwell and Harshat Mata temple, it is necessary about one hour. The village is located a short detour from the main road connecting Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi and there is no need to add intermediate or additional overnight stays.
But now let's see some photos of Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple taken during our excursion to Abhaneri.