2 bikes, 3 friends and 548kilometers in 1 and half day. This was a bike trip which covers Bhangarh-Chand Baori-Harshat Mata Temple at Abhaneri starting from Delhi.
It can be a great weekend trip of yours also! if you are planning something exciting on weekend. The trip starts from Delhi on Saturday evening. We decided to take our first stop at Bhiwadi and then directly to Alwar. As per our planning, we stayed at Alwar on Saturday night. Alwar is about 170 kilometer from Delhi. We had taken the hotel at the outer of Alwar city so that it will be easy to start our journey early in the morning. Our experience with the hotel was not that much good but, all the bitterness with the hotel staff drained out when we went to the balcony in the morning. A fantastic view of hills with Alwar’s Bala fort at the top. Although the view of the fort was not that much clear. But the morning in Alwar was awesome!!
Bhangarh via Sariska National Park
As per our plan, we started our journey early in the morning with a cup of tea and left Alwar. We started our journey to Bhangarh via Sariska National park, which is about 88kilometers. We had taken one stop between Alwar and Bhangarh.
We completed our journey to Bhangarh at about 10 in the morning. On our way, we had seen some small but beautiful forts at hilltops. The whole area falls under the blanket of one of the worlds oldest mountain range Araveli. Rajasthan is literally a very attractive place to explore the architecture in the desert.
We heard a lot about Bhangarh but most of the people visit Bhangarh because of the perception that it is a haunted place. But our motive was to study the place and its architectural richness.
When we reached the Bhangarh fort we didn’t find anything like haunted. It might be because it was a daytime. But we even didn’t find any board from Archaeological Survey of India, which claims its hauntedness.
The town of Bhangarh was established in 1573 during the reign of the Kacchwaha Ruler of Amber named Maharaja Bhagwant Das who had two sons. His elder son, Man Singh was a trusted General of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and one among the emperor’s 9 Navaratnas. The younger son was Madho Singh who built Bhangarh Fort.
There are 5 gates present today to enter the fort these are Delhi gate, Phool Bhari gate, Hanuman gate, Ajmeri gate, Lahori gate. We entered via Hanuman gate, there is a Lord Hanuman temple present nearby the Hanuman gate. After walking a few meters Jauhari Bazar starts. This shows, once there was a complete city present inside the complex. While passing the Jauhari Bazar we had seen a lot of ruins. The ruins are everywhere in the complex of Bhangarh.
In the complex, there are a lot of temples mostly are made in Nagara style of architecture. The temples present in the complex are Mangala Devi Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, Gopinath Mandir, Keshav Rai Mandir, Someshwara Mandir. Besides the temples, there present one Purohit ki haveli also.
By visiting the Bhangarh fort we can literally say that it is a magnificent example of the engineering. In those days Except, the Aravali mountains, there was no resource available for the survival. In that area, the great engineers and workers established a complete fortified city. Still today nobody knows why the whole area gets abandoned. But yes the place will make you feel proud of our medieval era engineering.
We left the Bhangarh by afternoon and started our journey towards the Chand Baori at Abhaneri.
Chand Baori in Abhaneri
Chand Baori is situated in a small village Abhaneri. It is about 47km from Bhangarh Fort. Chand Baori at Abhaneri is a quite hidden place and the place comes in the limelight after the shooting of The Dark Knight Rises. After that many Bollywood movies are also shooted there. But still, most of the people even don’t know about the place.
Chand Baori in Abhaneri is a magnificent example of medieval era architecture. The place is nearby Jaipur. So, if you are planning for Jaipur then don’t forget to include Chand Baori in Abhaneri in your travel eternity. As it is one of the hidden jewels of India. You will feel the beauty of the Baori only by visiting it. Road connectivity is great but the village seems quite underdeveloped.
About Chand Baori Abhaneri
It was constructed in the 9th century by King Chand from Gujara Pratihara clan. And has 3500 narrow steps arranged in a perfect symmetry, it descends about 20m to the bottom. It is one of the largest and deepest stepwells in the world and is only of its kind. Such kind geometrical pattern is hard to find.
Chand Baori is one of the hidden secrets of India. Nobody knows exactly what other motives were behind building such a magnificent stepwell. Today the stepwell not in use but its exquisite geometry is a topic of discussion among people. The steps form a magical maze and a consequent play of light and shadow on the structure gives it a magical look.
Invaders also tried to destroy the place but didn’t succeed in their motive. Many destructed things are recovered the archeological department in their search and they displayed them in the premises of the Chand Baori.
Harshat Mata Mandir
Adjoining the Chand Baori in Abhaneri there is situated Harshat Mata Mandir. Harshat Mata believed to be the goddess of happiness, who spread her glow and brightness around. Brightness in Hindi means ‘Abha’, so the village was named Abha Nagari. With time its name becomes Abhaneri from Abhanagari. It is believed that the temple was built during the 7th-8th century. The temple is developed in Mahameru style of architecture.
During the 12th century, the gorgeous temple was destroyed by Mahmud Ghazni. Many pillars, columns, statues are now lie scattered on the temple premises. Archaeological survey of India has segregated them and doing the continuous study of them. Greenfields, roads, and houses all together are picturesque during the time of sunset.
Returning from Abhaneri
The time was of sunset so by taking snacks and tea we decided to head back to Delhi. While returning to Delhi we had taken stay in Alwar and Bhiwadi then directly Delhi.
The trip was awesome and moreover, the places we covered make a great impact on me and made me be more respectful to our ancestors who make such a construction with limited resources which are still a mystery for us and inspiring us continuously. With the never-ending memories, we reached our home back, in the hope to again experience such a beautiful magic of our ancestors at some other place.
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