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Old September 2nd, 2019, 08:41 PM   #1
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Forgotten Stepwells of India

'A well or pond in which the water is reached by descending a set of steps to reach the water level'. That Wiki description is pretty accurate

First created hundreds of years ago (although evidence suggests more than thousand), they were built to trap and store drinkable rain water during then monsoon season and then used as a source of water throughout the dry months.

As time went by, the builds became bigger, deeper and more elaborate in design - walkable platforms would have rooms leading off them, columns were added with intricate carvings and sculptures. And these wells were no longer just used as water reservoirs, many became places of social gatherings, bathing, prayer or a just a place to escape from the scorching heat.

When the British ruled India, they considered stepwells as very unhygienic, some were destroyed or filled in.

Today, India has no use for these forgotten marvels of architecture. most have been abandoned in favour of more modern ways to access water.

This thread is dedicated to them...

If you have any photos of stepwells, please add them.
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Old September 2nd, 2019, 08:57 PM   #2
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Chandeva Ki Bawri
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GPS Coords:25°41'29.1"N 78°32'18.1"E

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This stepwell is located in Merta City (halfway between Jodhpur & Ajmer).
GPS coordinates are: 26°38'27.4"N 74°02'02.3"E

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This stepwell is called Jhalra Bera and is found in the Maha Mandir Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Apparently the Mehrangarh Museum Trust in Jodhpur employ people to clean some of the stepwells in Jodhpur... Think they forgot about this one.

GPS coordinates are: 26°18'25.9"N 73°02'36.6"E
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