Location: 95 Kms from Jaipur (On Jaipur-Agra Road)
Highlights: Beautiful Carved Baoris (Step Wells)
Area: 37 sq km
Altitude: 577 meters above sea level
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 0294
Summer- 45ºC (max) 25ºC (min)
Winter - 22ºC (max) 8ºC (min)
Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the amazing "Baoris"step wells and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand. Originally 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.
In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for Baoris, which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water.
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.
Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple are the most popular one.
Places of Interest:
Chand Baori: 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 is certainly delightful to the eyes.
Harshat Mata 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.
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.
On the same Road:
Dausa: This ancient town was the first capital of the Kacchawaha rulers of Dhundhar. A number of havelis and an old fort are the main attractions of this small town.
Bairath: Formerly known as Virata Nagar, Bairath lies between Jaipur and Alwar. This ancient city is of great historical importance and even finds mention in the Mahabharata.
Bhandarej: Bhandarej is a small village located around 62 kms away from the "Pink City" of Jaipur in Rajasthan. With a colorful history dating back to the 11th century, Bhandarej is also home to many temples and monuments dating back to the pre-medieval period.
Bhandarej is located in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, right on the Jaipur - Agra highway. With many delightful sights and sounds surrounding it, Bhandarej is indeed a delightful place to explore. The village also has a rich tribal presence that is sure to fascinate any visitor. Meanwhile, Bhandarej is also an excellent gateway to the wildlife sanctuaries of Bharatpur, Sariska and Ranthambore.