bawri, bavdi, boali, etc., in the Western India.
Step wells are of many types of storage and irrigation tanks constructed mainly to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability. A fundamental difference between step wells on the one hand, and tanks and wells on the other, is to make it easier for people to reach the ground water and to maintain and manage the well.
Ever since I heard and read about ornamental step wells of Gujarat and Rajasthan that are built in semi arid regions, my fascination for them has not yet come down. These step wells bring to light the imagination and artististic talents of the local artisans, and also their ingenuity to tackle the water scarcity problems in these parts of India where it does not rain enough. Panna Meena ka Kund/ step well is close to the famous Amber Fort and this heritage site is roughly 450 years old. Because of poor publicity about this well, it is said, less number of tourists visit this place,
Jaipur is is a nice royal city steeped in history. The charm and beauty of the Pink city can be experienced only when you make a visit to this city where the palaces and buildings are well- embellished. Among the many attractions, Panna Meena Ka Kund also known as Panna Mian Ki Naol is worth a visit.
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Chand Baori and Rani Ki va, of course, are amazing artistically attractive step wells. Not far from Delhi, you can see very nice step wells in Ramgarh (near Alwar), Jhunjhunu, Dholpur. In Gujarat, in Sihor, in Bhuj and in Patan, there are nice step wells. In Madhya Pradesh, most beautiful step well are in Chanderi .
There are beautiful step wells in places like Neemrana, Maheswar and Mandu and also in south Rajasthan near Kota.