Abhaneri, a place with glorious past attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world. Situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road, Abhaneri, is popular for the Chand Baori Step Well and Harshat Mata Temple.
Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name.
Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris‘, which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rainwater. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings certainly is delightful to the eyes. It is one such astonishing view which can never be seen anywhere. Chand baori is a best example of geometry excellence of the bygone era. The charm and amazement of the place go lost somewhere in the passage of time.
Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India. One can find many famous Baories in India, but different thing about Abhaneri Baori is that, the steps, to reach the water. There are three ways to reach water and steps are divided into stories.
Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. As per the beliefs, the goddess is always cheerful, who imparts her joy and happiness to the whole village. The temple is worth visiting for its amazing architecture and that too, which belongs to the medieval India.
Abhaneri has a glorious past and this hoary magnetism of the place, attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world.
Reasons to visit: If you are photography enthusiast or historian or loves heritage or one who like exploring new place then you must visit this place.
Every year Tourism Department of Rajasthan organized a three day Abhaneri Festival in the month of Nov- Dec,to promote heritage tourism. All three days are full of fanfare, music and colourful performances to woo tourists. Various local artists performs various musical & traditional performances. Onthe other hand, camel cart rides are also arranged for tourists and spectators.