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Step Wells

India’s abandoned step wells are an important part of the country’s history and architecture. Although information about them is scarce, they’re believed to have started appearing mostly between the 2nd and 4th centuries. In addition to supplying water from the country’s deep water tables, they provided shade and were used as temples, community centers, and layovers on trade routes.
On our visit to the Amber Fort, we will also pay a visit to the Panna Meena ka Kund (top photo, lower left photo). This little-known step well is usually overlooked by tourists visiting the much more famous Amber Fort near Jaipur, as it’s located on the rear side of the fort. If you’ve seen¬†The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, you may recognize Panna Meena ka Kund from the scene in the movie where Dev Patel woos his girlfriend, Tena Desae.