The World’s Largest Step-Well
In the Rajasthan province of India there is an architectural wonder. Chand Baori is the world’s oldest and largest step-well. With over 3,500 steps, this 13 story well once was the hub of the area. Built by the priest class between 800 and 900 CE it was filled entirely by rain water and by hand. Yes, people would carry enormous pots of water for miles just to fill the well in preparation of droughts. In its prime, the Chand Baori step-well was used not only as the primary source of drinking water but also as a communal gathering. Though it was the area where all water was collected and laundry done, today it is in disrepair. The water fills only the bottom most level and the well is often used as a toilet by the locals.
It’s the steps that make this well such a marvel. Not only do they look incredibly impressive but they ensured that any number of locals could gain access to the water regardless of the level.
If you’re hoping to find something great to do while in India or if you’re looking for mysterious and wonderful part of India this is certainly on the list. The well is rarely visited, despite the fact that it was featured in The Dark Knight. You might recognize it as the prison that Bane comes from. Needless to say the Chand Baori step-well is one of the coolest structures we’ve ever seen in the world.
Have you ever seen anything like the Chand Baori well? If so, we’d love to know.
7 thoughts on “The World’s Largest Step-Well”
This looks amazing.
WOW, THAT WOULD SUCK TO TRIP DOWN
Crazy symmetry there…what a wild concept. Love it — awesome photos. Rocky Balboa ain’t got nothing on this!
Wow, what a surreal place! Though very distinct, it reminds me of barays, giant artificial ponds, of ancient Khmer cities. I cannot help but think about M.C. Escher, too..Thanks for the insightful post.
Travel or visit the whole world is the first or last dream of my whole life and India is my favorite place in whole world.
This is looking amazing. I have heard about the Chand Baori of Rajasthan but never knew it was so amazing. Recently one of India’s Stepwell became UNESCO World heritage site, which is called Rani ki Vav, it is extremely beautifully carved stepwell. I think this also have to be UNESCO World Heritage Site.