What is worth visiting in South India
Which of the many stepwells in India are worth visiting?
Mark's answer gives a good starting point for which stepwells to see. The fascinating thing about these places is that many of them were built at the times of different rulers or dynasties and have very different architectural styles depending on the location.
If you stick to the Delhi-Jaipur-Agra Golden Triangle and below Are under time pressure , is Agrasen ki baoli as easiest to see in Delhi. (Just a few minor details: the format of the name is "name of a ruler +" his fountain "; this is what" ki baoli "translates from Hindi." Baori "is a variation of the word" baoli "in some dialects of Hindi.) This is a bang in the middle of Connaught Place in central Delhi that most of the time you will definitely definitely happen to be when you arrive by train or bus. To make things fun and confusing, the official name of Connaught Place is "Rajiv Chowk ", the name used on Delhi's subway transit system. If you are traveling by auto rickshaw and you cannot get your driver to understand how to pronounce Agrasen ki baoli, give Max Mueller Bhavan as your landmark an - your destination is on the same street (Also worth a visit in the general area of Connaught Place is Jantar Mantar) Dwarka Baoli is in Delhi too, but it's a little out of the way and not that impressive.
Outside of Delhi, practically every major city in Rajasthan will lay claim to one or the other stepwell as a "place of interest". Rajasthan traditionally has a history of making these structures as a form of water protection as it is a desert state and usually receives less rainfall. Aside from the one in Abhaneri, which would include a trip from Jaipur, you might want all of them too Try Johads, which (often) a modern one version are the same idea.
Not many travelers travel to the Gujarat region, but if you do, you will find it there Rani ki vav, a day trip from the big city of Ahmedabad. If you are debating whether you really want to go all the way, then you also have the Sabarmati Ashram, from which Gandhi led much of India's struggle for independence.
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