Chand Baori (a stepwell) located in the Abhaneri village, around 90 km from Jaipur, is one of the oldest and most photographed ancient monuments in Rajasthan. Built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha dynasty in 9th century AD, it is one of the largest stepwells in the world. Chand Baori was built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense desert heat. This architectural wonder has 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps and it's this exquisite geometry that draws thousands of visitors to it every year. The stepwell narrows as one gets closer to the bottom. A double flight of steps on three sides takes one to the surface of the water below. The fourth side is a three-storeyed pavilion with intricately carved jharokhas (windows), galleries and balconies meant for the royal family to sit in.

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