If, like me, your introduction to life in India was via the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel you might just have spotted swimmers diving in to the Chand Baori stepwell - a brief glimpse but enough to whet the appetite.
I have seen the famous step wells on TV & never for a moment dreamt that I would actually visit one.
It was just a brief mention in our daily guide, as an optional extra, and when our driver, Baba recommended the short detour to it, Ms M & I had no idea quite how spectacular it would be.
We stopped in an unremarkable street in a small town, walked in an unremarkable door where restoration was clearly in progress and then ….
A lady keeper accompanied us as we made our way around the 3 sides that have steps cut in to them. We estimated that to fetch a bucket of water would require you to transverse some 90-100 steps each way. There are no railings to hold on to, it shows the preciousness of water - that commodity that we take foregranted in our Western homes where it flows freely.
It is hard to describe how precisely lovely it is ….
Perhaps if we had to fetch it with such effort, we might appreciate it more.
I wonder how many feet have trod those stairs for water? I wonder what tales they could tell ….
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed this ….