Are you ready to take a refreshing dip into history? Then head over to the Toorji Ka Jhalra, a 250-year-old stepwell in Jodhpur. This incredible structure, made of rose-red sandstone, is a stunning example of traditional water management systems in the region. And let’s not forget, it’s also a local watering hole!
Back in the day, the queens of Maharaja Abhaya Singh were in charge of overseeing the public water works, and his wife led the project to build this marvel of engineering. The well, adorned with dancing elephants, medieval lions, and cow waterspouts, has two levels of access and a separate tank, all powered by a wheel system driven by bullocks.
Nowadays, tourists and locals alike flock to Toorji Ka Jhalra to beat the heat and engage in harmless water games. And who can blame them? With its series of diverging and converging steps leading to the water table, it’s a marvel of architecture that accommodates the fluctuating water table.
But that’s not all! Toorji Ka Jhalra also has tiny chambers and cabinets under most staircases, possibly used to keep a lantern or light a fire to aid climbing up and down during the night. And the Jhalra is adorned with sculptures of gods, goddesses, and animals, as well as carved stone water spouts.
If you’re planning a visit, the stepwell is located in Gulab Sagar Makrana Mohalla on Sutharo ka Bas Road in Jodhpur. You can get there by public transport or hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw.