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India's Stepwells: Subterranean Architectural Marvels Guide.



  Sep 26, 2023

Stepwells in India: A Guide



Architectural Marvels

Unique to India
Known as 'baolis' or 'vavs'
Serve as a testament to India's engineering and architectural prowess

Functional Aspects

Designed for groundwater access and storage
Useful year-round

Aesthetic and Cultural Significance

Intricate carvings, arches, and chambers
Spiritual and social hubs
Associated with temples
Community gathering spaces

Historical Context

Fallen into disrepair over time
Restoration efforts
Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)

Famous Stepwells

Chand Baori Abhaneri, Rajasthan

Deepest and most visually stunning

3,500 steps

Rani Ki Vav Patan, Gujarat

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exceptional architecture

Adalaj Stepwell Adalaj, Gujarat

Indo-Islamic architectural style

Agrasen Ki Baoli New Delhi

Popular tourist attraction

Toor Ji Ka Jhalra Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Blue tiles and intricate carvings

Raja Ki Baoli Bundi, Rajasthan

Massive and intricately designed

Neemrana Baoli Neemrana, Rajasthan

Part of Neemrana Fort Palace

Raniji Ki Baori Bundi, Rajasthan

Dedicated to Queen Nathavati Ji

Preservation Efforts

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)
Combining functionality and artistry

Summary

Enduring symbols of India's heritage
Showcasing rich history, engineering brilliance, and architectural grandeur


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