The stepwells in the Chandpole region of Jodhpur are some of the most under-appreciated structures of the walled city. These stepwells, otherwise known as baoris or jhalras, are quintessential examples of the amalgamation of culture and utility, to assist a community’s needs. These historic structures are the epitome of cultural heritage that goes beyond the built form; every stepwell has its own character. In the past, these stepwells were the primary sources of water for consumption, irrigation and holy rituals. Today, most of these stepwells are used for swimming, and all of them are in urgent need of restoration.

These traditional sites of culture represent years of experimentation and manipulation with different materials and the built form, resulting in the emergence of efficient water catchment areas to support the communities in days of drought.

Join us as we uncover the history of these waterbodies, their architectural nuances, and enjoy the tea and snacks enroute. The walk will begin at the Chandpole Darwaaza and end at the Rao-Jodha Rock Garden. A total of eight baoris/jhalras will be covered.

 

 

This guided tour is free.


Walk Leader
Hemant Joshi
He is a Fifth-year B.Arch. student with broad design interests. Over the period of four years of pursuing B.Arch., his inclination has always been towards discovering the finer nuances of built spaces. He believes culture, sociology, philosophy, and history when interlaced form a platform for the discourse of architecture. Being an Architecture research enthusiast and a diligent enquirer he believes in the idea that the objective reality of the Indian context is far from what we are apprehensive of. The intangible aspects of traditional architecture are a projection of culture, the people, and the beliefs of the community. Studying Architecture gave him more understanding of his Indian identity.

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