Rajasthan is full of touristic places, but it’s not that hard to find a non-touristic spot. There are hundreds of places in Rajasthan which is not crowded and are missed by most of the tourists.
Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple, both located in a small village named Abhaneri in Dausa district are one of them. Even in peak hours, the places are not crowded and you can easily sit there for hours to have your share of selfies.
Here’s what we know about the two old architectures in Dausa!
Everything About Chand Baori
Chand Baori is a step-well and consists of 3500 steps, very narrow ones, arranged in perfect symmetry and about 100ft deep into the ground.
King Chanda from the Chauhan Dynasty built the well between AD 800-900 and the objective was water conservation.
There was a stark difference in temperature towards the boom of the well and was meant for community gathering when the heat would turn intense.
The steps extend up to 20m towards the boom of the well. The descent inside was banned when we visited and therefore, we had to literally beg to get in and take a quick photo as a souvenir.
The geometrical pattern is immensely interesting and the sun-rays would create interesting patterns on it.
As per the local people’s theory, this stepwell was built by a Jinn in a single night. So, by the few locals, it is also treated among the haunted places of India.
Everything About Harshat Mata Temple
Most of the temple is in ruins and yet, it is one of the most beautiful structures, sculpture and architecture I had seen in the most recent days.
It was reduced to ruins by Mahmud Ghazni. The temple was dedicated to the goddess of happiness and brightness which when translated to Hindi is Abha and that’s how the place got its name – Abhanagri.
This got deformed to Abhaneri in the present day. Another striking feature of this place was that the priests there did not ask for money while offering the blessings in the form of sweets as against what we see in the rest of India.
The remaining embodiments from the temple are placed around the Chand Baori, making it a museum.
In short, these two architectures, or the Abhaneri is among least known places in Rajasthan. This is the reason this is a must visit in Rajasthan.
Best Time to Visit Abhaneri?
I’ve been at Abhaneri twice and the best time to visit is definitely during winter.
The park outside the Chand Baori is perfect for picnic outings and as I remember, my first visit was a family picnic.
If you’re visiting the place during Summer, you might not have the best experience due to heat waves, which are very strong during daytime.
So, the best time to visit Chand Baori is during the evening. However, the place is closed after sunset. So, you need to plan the visit accordingly.
Both places are free to visit for Indian citizens and you’ll find small stalls offering local and packaged food options. Overall, it’s not a costly deal.
Place of Stay
Other than Abhaneri Village Safari Camp, there is no place to stay in Abhaneri. So, if you’re looking for a stay, go to nearest town, Bandikui. Or, you can find a roadside hotel on the Jaipur-Agra National Highway.
So, if you cannot afford the pricey Safari Camp, ensure that you leave Abhaneri before Sunset and find a hotel in Bandikui or go back to Agra or Jaipur.
During winter, you should ask for Channe or Bathue ki Sabzi with Baajre ki Roti. These are local food available only in winter. During summer, you’ll love the local Rabdi.
How to Reach Chand Baori?
If you’re coming from Agra or Jaipur, the Jaipur-Agra NH11 Highway is the best road. From either city, Sikandara is a mid-way point, from where you need to take a turn towards Bandikui town (Left from Jaipur and Right from Agra).
About 6KM towards Bandikui, take a right turn from the circle. Now, about 4KMs ahead, via a small village road, you’ll reach Abhaneri Village where Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple are located.
Yes, right on the road!
Considering the distance from Agra or Jaipur, it’s a perfect weekend place or a perfect picnic spot for the weekend. Agree?
When are you planning to visit these two lesser known places in Rajasthan?