Abhaneri Step Well

Abhaneri Step Well (Chand Baori)

Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. Abhaneri was originally called Abha Nagri, which means "city of brightness," however because of mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it brings in visitors from across the world. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was built in AD 800. Chand Baori includes 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately roughly 30 m (100 ft) into the ground making it one of the deepest and also largest step wells in India.

Chand Baori has been made use of as a filming location for a number of movies such as Bhoomi, The Loss, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, The Dark Knight Rises, as well as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

How to Reach Abhaneri (Chand Baori)

Abhaneri is some 95 km from Jaipur but does not have direct connectivity. With public transport, you require to get a bus to Bamanpura on Jaipur-Agra highway and then obtain a bus to Alwar which will drop you at the crossroad 5 km prior to Abhaneri. There are constant common jeeps to Abhaneri from that point.

If you are coming from Delhi then it’s recommended to take a bus to Alwar and then get a bus to Dausa which is going via Bamanpura. Bus will drop you to the crossroad 5 km before Abhaneri.

Travel Tips for Visiting Chand Baori at Abhaneri

  • Abhaneri is in Dausa district of Rajasthan, concerning 90 km from Jaipur. It is best to do it as a day trip from Jaipur.
  • En route to Chand Baori, you can also visit to Bhangarh Fort-- the most haunted location in India.
  • You need 30-60 mins to see Abhaneri. I spend about 2 hrs as I was checking out all possible sculptures.