Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Depth…come on down…

Scattered throughout Western India, Rajasthan and Gujarat are astonishing StepWells or Baoris. These deep wells, accessible on foot via bewildering step constructions,  reach reliable year-round water supply. They’re decorated with domes, columns, ornate entrances and galleries carved in profusely elaborate detail. Today water is delivered to the city by pipes leaving behind these astonishing feats of engineering and design.

Thousands have been filled in, neglected beyond repair and lost. Slowly governments have begun to realise the importance of these constructions and tentative steps are being taken to at least keep safe from harm dwindling remains and in some cases begin restoration.

These photographs are at two Step Wells in Bundi, Rajasthan, within fifty metres of each other.

Did I descent the giddy depths of these bewitching subterranean excavations; not on your Nelly!

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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I didn’t see any as magnificent as this, not for the faint hearted are they? Just imagine HAVING to go down there!

    • 2far2shout says:

      How right you are Gilly, especially when climbing back up with twenty litres of water on your head, unable to look down to check your footsteps, to wait at a junction to let someone else pass in the down direction. It would have to be a kind of meditation. I’d have to count to myself to give me a commentary as to relative progress. There must surely have been some dreadful accidents.
      The mind boggles…

  2. Osyth says:

    What exquisite buildings to guard the waters deep. I do love your images of India … you whet my appetite to go just a little more each time 🙂

  3. GREAT entry … the architecture is incredible. : )

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