Chand Baori, India
Rajasthan’s Chand Baori is a mind-blowing square step well 13 stories deep into the ground and possibly the most overlooked landmark of India. All walls are lined up with scores of double staircases descending 30meters to a pool of emerald green water.
What`s truly amazing is the maze of symmetrical steps that looks like a never-ending path leading deep into a abyss. The step well has 3.500 stairs which makes it one of the largest and deepest in the world.
It was build somewhere between 800-900 AD by Kind Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty. The well wasn’t designed just to look pretty but to be practical as well. Since the bottom is 30 meters into the ground the water stays cooler which is critical given the hot weather and the arid landscape of Rajasthan.