A very old and magnificent multi-storied structure compliments Neemrana Baori. It has 170 steps and as we move down the construction seems to be smaller. Neemrana Baori reflects the beauty of old architecture.
Neemrana is known for its fort today, but close to it lies the palatial baori (stepwell) which is one of the best of its kind in India. This is cool and moist from inside. This Baori is still in use, both for consumption of water and irrigation. One of the lesser-known step wells in the region. Its architecture is quite simple. However, once you descend its 200 odd steps, the impact is fantastic.
According to the local folks, the fort was made by the local kings to provide relief to their subjects sometime around the early 18th century. In all likelihood, the kings who commissioned the construction of the stepwell were the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan.
It is an architectural
marvel, though in need of upkeep. I had taken a walk to reach this Baoli from Neemrana Fort Palace hotel. One can also take a camel driven cart also reach the place. It is a Baoli made in layers and must have been much in use in its heydays. The place needs some urgent attention from the authorities. It seem antisocial elements are slowly destroying a very magnificent edifice.
This is the largest baori we have ever visited and we have visited a couple of these in and around Delhi. One can go quite deep through the stairs but caution is a must.
Neemrana Baori still retains its erstwhile charm – there is still much scope for it to regain its former charisma provided the authorities take charge of its restoration soon. Word has it that the neemrana baori might be converted into a haat (an open marketplace) for locals and tourists.
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