Toorji Ka Jhalara, also known as Toorji’s Stepwell, is a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of the bustling city. Built in the 18th century by Queen Maharaja Abhay Singh’s consort, Maharani Toorji, this magnificent stepwell served as a vital water source for the local community. It not only fulfilled the practical need for water but also showcased the architectural prowess and aesthetic sensibilities of the bygone era.
VISTIORS GUIDE TO THE JODHPUR STEPWELL
If you’re seeking an offbeat marvel in the heart of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, then look no further than the mesmerizing Toorji Ka Jhalra Stepwell. Nestled within the bustling city, this architectural masterpiece stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. Join us on a virtual journey as we unravel the secrets and allure of Toorji Ka Jhalra, inviting you to explore its grandeur.
WHERE IS THE JODHPUR STEPWELL
Toorji Ka Jhalra Stepwell is located in the captivating city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Situated in the heart of Jodhpur, this architectural marvel can be found amidst the vibrant streets and bustling markets, offering visitors a serene oasis to explore and marvel at.
HISTORY OF THE JODHPUR STEPWELL
Toorji Ka Jhalra, also known as Toorji’s Stepwell, dates back to the 18th century when it was commissioned by Maharaja Abhay Singh of the Marwar Kingdom. Its construction aimed to address the pressing need for a reliable water source in the arid region of Jodhpur. The stepwell served as a crucial gathering point for locals to quench their thirst and perform religious rituals.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN OF THE JODHPUR STEPWELL
The stepwell’s architectural brilliance lies in its symmetrical layout and intricate craftsmanship. As you approach the entrance, your eyes are immediately captivated by the impressive flight of steps leading down into the depths of the well. The steps are adorned with exquisite carvings, showcasing the exceptional skills of the artisans of yesteryears.
Upon descending, you’ll witness the sheer magnificence of the stepwell’s structure. Its multi-level design features ornate arches, delicate balconies, and an impressive series of carved pillars, all meticulously crafted to perfection. The symmetrical patterns and detailed motifs reflect the architectural finesse prevalent during the era.
MY EXPERIENCE AT THE JODHPUR STEPWELL: CLIFF JUMPING
While I was exploring Jodhpur, I’d heard about a stepwell. Having been in Jaipur and missing out on visiting the Stepwell nearby, I definitely wanted to see if I could find the Jodhpur Stepwell. After visiting the clock tower market area I headed for the Stepwell Cafe because the Jodhpur Stepwell (Toorji-Ka-Jhalara) didn’t appear on Google Maps. After winding around the neighborhoods I finally arrived and it was an amazing sight.
Descending layers of stairs wind around the stepwell leading down to the pool of water. It is said to be built in 600 AD but I couldn’t find a solid source on the date. It was originally a drinking source for the city.
The Jodhpur Stepwell is now the unofficial local swimming pool. I went to the Jodhpur Stepwell three days in a row and each time the kids were running about, swimming and jumping in. Security didn’t seem to mind even when we jumped from the roof.
However, when the police arrive the security spring into action chasing the kids around with a stick. They gather their clothes and run around the stepwell in a game of cat and mouse with the security who moments earlier had been cheering their jumps. Well maybe not cheering but they were looking on without any issue.
The Stepwell Cafe sits at the top of the Stepwell and was always full of tourists who were enjoying a break from the sun, a refreshing drink and a great view of the Jodhpur Stepwell and all of the action.
On my first visit to the Jodhpur Stepwell, I shot a few photos and then one kid jumped into the water. He came from nowhere, from over my head! All of a sudden a few kids were jumping in from 7 meters and lower.
When you are in Rajasthan, you don’t get many opportunities to swim and even few to cliff jump. So I threw off my shirt, took off my shoes and jumped in with the kids.
Things soon escalated as older boys turned up. Before I knew it I was jumping from about 15-20 meters off of the roof. A crowd of 50 or more had gathered in the cafe and on the streets as the locals and I had a blast jump after jump from the roof.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to the Jodhpur Stepwell and have a great visit in the ‘Blue City’.