The stepwells in the Chandpole region of Jodhpur are some of the most under-appreciated structures of the walled city. These stepwells, otherwise known as baoris or jhalras, are quintessential examples of the amalgamation of culture and utility, to assist a community’s needs. These historic structures are the epitome of cultural heritage that goes beyond the built form; every stepwell has its own character. In the past, these stepwells were the primary sources of water for consumption, irrigation and holy rituals. Today, most of these stepwells are used for swimming, and all of them are in urgent need of restoration.
These traditional sites represent years of experimentation and manipulation with different materials and the built form, resulting in the emergence of efficient water catchment areas to support the communities in days of drought.
Join us as we uncover the history of these waterbodies, their architectural nuances, and enjoy the tea and snacks en route. The walk will begin at the Chandpole Darwaza and end at the Rao-Jodha Rock Garden. A total of eight baoris/jhalras will be covered.
This guided tour is free.