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#113 of 361 Places To Visit in Jaipur
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Abhaneri Village, Jaipur-Agra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001 India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
30 minutes

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Situated at about 2 hours drive from Jaipur, Abhaneri is a must visit for those who appreciate architectural genius and love to click pictures. This sleepy village is known for its marvellous step wells which were built in the 8th Century by Samrat Mihir Bhoj. It is common knowledge that Jaipur is set in a desert, however, it is little known that these step wells were dug up for the luxurious usage of water by the wealthy. According to a local legend, the rich used to climb down the steps for a bath and then the water used by them would be used as drinking water for the poor. 

What is noteworthy when you visit the place is the strength of these wells which have survived more than 10 centuries, unfazed by time and decay. These step wells were constructed to be able to harvest whatever little water the rains brought to these dry lands. The most notable amongst this cluster of wells is Chand Baori and it has all the powers to dizzy you as soon as you look down. 

Just alongside these wells, there is a 10th century temple of Harshat Mata. Though a major part of the temple is now in ruins, it is interesting to look at the ancient architecture and sculpture of India.

Abhaneri is also known for its marvellous folk dances like Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bawai.

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