9 Most Amazing Stepwells in India for Historical Trip

Rani Ki Vav, Patan

Bohri or stepwell are well which are used to draw water out. These pumps are man made. Bohri is commonly used in Western India especially in the states like North Karnataka (Karnataka), Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Old stepwell is the tourist attraction for new generation. You should not miss a chance to see the beautiful and old stepwell in your city or visiting travel destination.

9 Most Amazing Stepwells in India for Historical Trip

1. Chand Baori, Rajasthan

Chand Baori stepwell has 2500 narrow steps and 13 storeys which makes one of the biggest stepwells in India. It is one of the most overlooked landmarks in the country. It is one of the most visually spectacular stepwells in India and very attractive landmark in Rajasthan.

Chand Baori, Rajasthan
Chand Baori, Rajasthan. Image Source: amusingplanet.com

2. Rani Ki Vav, Patan

Rani Ki Vav is also known as ‘The Queen’s Stepwell’. It is situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat. This stepwell is included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Vav is the most luxurious structure. A stepwell has wonderful architecture, east facing with multi – storeyed pavilions which is a sole feature.

Rani Ki Vav, Patan
Rani Ki Vav, Patan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad

Adalaj Stepwell is located in the village of Adalj close to Ahmedabad. This stepwell built based on Islamic architecture. The construction of this well was started in the year 1499 by Queen Rudabai. The carvings on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish, geometrical patterns and other breathtaking and beautiful ornamental designs. This building was venues for colourful festivals and revered rituals. It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ahmedabad.

Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad
Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

4. Rani Ki Ji Baori, Bundi

Rani Ki Ji Baori is located in Bundi town in Rajasthan. It was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati Ji. It is one of the noted stepwells in India. This is multi-storeyed formation, including places of worship on each floor 46 m deep stepped well. It also have some outstanding carving on its pillars and a high domed opening. It is also one of the most popular stepwells in India.

Rani Ki Ji Baori
Rani Ki Ji Baori. Image Source: thinkingparticle.com

5. Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi

Agrasen Ki Baoli is located on the Hailey Road near Connaught Place in New Delhi. It is also known as Agar Sain Ki Baoli or Ugrasen Ki Baoli. It is a 60 meter long and 15 meter wide. This monument is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. It has 103 steps made of red stone and is one of the most haunted places in India.

Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi
Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi

6. Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli

Rajon Ki Baoli is located in Mehrauli Archaeological Park. It was built by Daulat Khan during the region of Sikandar Lodi in the year 1516. There are 100 historically considerable monuments over there. It is one of the most famous stepwells in India. There are two stepwells in Mehrauli, 1. Baoli and 2. Rajon Ki Baoli.

Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli
Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. Hampi Stepped Well

Hampi Stepped Well was built in 15th century. One of an example of Chalukya architectural style is the Pushkarni Tank Hampi. The raised mound is a 50 foot high pedestal from which kings used to have their court. This place is often visited by domestic as well as foreign tourists.

Hampi Stepped Well
Hampi Stepped Well.

8. Lakkundi Stepwell

On the way to Hampi, Lakkundi village is located. It is known for the Chalukya Style Temples, stepped wells and historic inscriptions. There are many ancient wells but Chateer Bavi, Kanne Bavi, and Musukina Bavi are very popular. It is mainly famous for it s carving beauty.

Lakkundi Stepwell
Lakkundi Stepwell

9. Imambara Stepwell, Lucknow

Bara Imambara multifaceted in Lucknow is among the grandest buildings of the city of Lucknow. Bara means big and Imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims. It is built with Mughal architecture style. This complex also includes the huge Asfi mosque, the Bhulbhulayah and bowli, a step well with running water. It is one of the most beautiful stepwells in India.

Imambara Stepwell, Lucknow
Imambara Stepwell, Lucknow. Image Source: Flickr/John Steedman

Article first published on December 30, 2015.

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