Chand Baori in Abhaneri village is one of India’s often-overlooked landmarks, but it’s proximity to Jaipur makes it really easy to visit. The largest and deepest step well in the world, Chand Baori was constructed in the 9th Century by Raja Chand to try to solve the problem of water shortages in the arid Rajasthani area. Locals reportedly had to dig up to 30 meters to find water before the well was built, and that’s thirsty work!
Descending into the ground with an incredible 3500 steps, the square well is 13 stories deep and provided the surrounding areas with a dependable water source for centuries before modern water delivery systems were introduced. As the green water at the base attests, the well is no longer in use, but it makes for an interesting stop-over to an architecturally impressive structure that is over 1000 years old. There’s also a temple adjoining the well for visitors to explore.