Chand Baori is the oldest stepwell in Rajasthan. Built by King Chanda or Chandra of the Nikhumba dynasty, the well is 1200-1300 years old. The 13 stories deep step well with symmetrical triangular steps leading to the water at the bottom will leave you astonished. It is basically a water management solution and also a natural cooler in summers.
There are geometric steps on the three sides of this well. The triangular shape of the steps ensures that you don’t climb up or down straight making it a bit safer than a straight staircase. The fourth side of the well has pillared corridors at different levels. Two balconies adorned with the idols of Mahisasurmardini and Ganesh are extended towards the stepwell. The place also has a picture of Sheshasayee Vishnu. The baori has around 35,000 steps and it keeps getting narrower as you go down.
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