In the romantic Indian state of Rajasthan, in the dusty village of Abhaneri, there lies a massive hole in the ground. To be specific, this hole is called Chand Baori, and is one of the largest ancient step-wells in the world, plummeting down 100 feet to slurp water from the earth for the thirsty local population.
The well is around 1,200 years old (wowza!), constructed in 800 C.E. by King Chandra of the Nikumbha Dynasty. Like many historic structures in India, it is also a temple! In fact, the whole well is dedicated to Hashat Mata, the Goddess of Happiness and Joy. Indeed, water is a joyful thing!
One wonderful aspect of India is that its ancient areas are often still in use today. Sure enough, when our India teacher tour walked up to the temple-well, religious activities were in full swing at the temple. The local people smeared bright orange paint on our guide’s forehead, and we all got blazing gold-colored marigold flowers!
Check out these photos and be in awe. Where else in the world would such a phenomenal, ancient construction be a mere side trip on a day packed with other sights? India is a wonder!
So what do you think… Is Chand Baori a place you would like to visit? Want to race each other down all those steps to the bottom??