Located in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur, Chand Baori is one of the most remarkable landmarks in India. Built between the 8th and 9th century by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty, it is a famous step well. Chand Baori is possibly the largest, deepest and oldest step well in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is also one of the oldest, deepest and largest step wells not only in India but also in the whole world.
Chand Baori is an incredible square structure with 3,500 narrow steps in 13 stories lined along the wall on three sides of the well that extend 100 feet into the ground. The steps are arranged in perfect symmetry and descends to the bottom of the well. Chand Baori is an excellent example of the architectural excellence prevalent in the
past in the Indian subcontinent. The step well remained overlooked for years and lost its old glamor in course of time. Recent renovation has turned this old step well into one of the most popular tourist attractions in India.
The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid. King Chanda built Chand Baori to conserve as much water as possible for his subjects. It provided the surrounding areas with a dependable water source for centuries before modern water supply systems were introduced.