Rajasthan’s Chand Baori stepwell is an important contribution to Indian architecture. Built with a mathematical precision, the remarkable water management system is situated in Abhaneri village of the Dausa district, and is one of the oldest, deepest stepwells of the world. Surrounded by bastions and walls, the structure was built like an upside down pyramid with 3,500 steps built on 13 levels. The steps arranged in a perfect symmetry taper down to the pool.
Built between the ninth and tenth century by Raja Chanda, the stepwell also features a set of pavilions, a palace and a stage for musicians and dancers to perform. This type of water management system was discouraged by the British as they found it unhygienic, thus leading to the deterioration of a traditional lifestyle concept.