ABHANERI NEAR JAIPUR - RAJASTHAN
Abhaneri was originally called as Abha Nagri, which means "City of brightness," but due to mispronunciation, the name is changed as Abhaneri. Abhaneri is now in ruins and has a very small village nearby but it attracts tourists from around the world. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in AD 800. Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys.
It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most attractive monuments of Rajasthan. As per sources It was built by King Chanda of the Chauhan Dynasty between AD 800 and AD 900 and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion. As we all know in Rajasthan we don't get much of rain that's why they designed and constructed Chand Baori to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat. One side of the well has a pavilion and resting room for the royals and public. Several tv serials and films such as Bhool Bhulaiya
The Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Abhaneri is in the months of October to March.
Abhaneri is situated approximate 95 kilometers from Jaipur near Jaipur - Agra national highway.
How To Reach
Abhaneri is located on NH-11 or the Jaipur-Agra road. The village is well connected by air, train and road to various parts of the country through the cities of Jaipur and Dausa which are 90 and 30.9 km from Abhaneri, respectively. The nearest airport to Abhaneri is the Jaipur Sanganer Airport from where you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach your destination. Abhaneri is also well connected by road as both government and private buses ply regularly between Abhaneri and Dausa, Agra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur and Bikaner. Abhaneri is well connected by rail through Dausa railway station which has an excellent connectivity with various major cities of the state and the country.
- Chand Baori
- Harshat Mata Temple
The Highlights Of The Place
What makes Abhaneri a place to visit is the presence of Harshat Mata temple and Chand Baori. Harshat Mata temple, which dates back to 10th century, is protected by the archeological department of the Government of India. Though the temple is in ruins, its beautiful craftsmanship is still visible. Harshat Mata is regarded as the goddess of happiness who spreads joy to the entire village. Visiting the temple is worth the while, thanks to its amazing architecture which takes us back to the glory of medieval India. The ruined images in the temple indicate that the temple was actually dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The Chand Baori is a step well which is regarded as a unique invention of the people of Abhaneri; it was created for rainwater harvesting. Located in the front of the Harshat Mata temple, this colossal step well has a depth of 20 meters, with 13 levels. Chand Baori is regarded as one of deepest and largest step wells in India. Despite being so huge, the well still has delicate and intricate carvings which are a visual treat. Various structures are also built around the step well
Even with limited attractions, Abhaneri, a small rustic village in Northern Rajasthan, lures a large number of tourists. Close proximity to Jaipur indeed enhances its value on the tourism map.