Rural life delivers the real culture of any particular location. The raw approach towards life, free from the pollution of an urban zone, pristine and clear air one breathes are few of the holistic pleasures that is experienced while visiting any native. India being a developing nation, has many villages that propound the raw traditions and sadly a lot of superstitious life. Despite the same, one cannot ignore the peaceful village life. Abhaneri in Rajasthan state is one such village that attracts many tourists not just because of architectural monuments but also for its enriched cultural life.
Abhaneri – A Quaint Village
Abhaneri is located in the Dausa district of northern Rajasthan. One can travel via all the modes of transportation whether a private vehicle, bus, train or flight. It is 95 k far from Jaipur, the crowded pink city. One can also club the tourist spot of Taj Mahal in an itinerary owing to it being situated on Jaipur Agra Highway. The Abhaneri village is located between the city of Bandikui and Sikandara town.
Ahaneri derived its name from abha and nagri which apparently means “the city of brightness”. Having a historical and cultural significance, this rural village is renowned for its early medieval monuments which apparently are categorised under post-Gupta reign. Having established in the 9th century AD by the King Raja Chand of Gurjar Kingdom, the village enjoys steady balmy weather throughout the year.
If one ever plans to visit this small Abhaneri village, planning it within October to March would be very convenient. The temperate weather of Rajasthan might not suit many but the winter is the most pleasant time to be here.
Things to See and Do in this Historic Village
Amongst many cultural spots and rural livelihood, the two most significant tourist destinations include Chand Baori (stepwell) and Harshat Mata temple. Chand Baori, an intricately carved structure, is considered as one of the largest stepwells in India. This expansive and deep, thirteen levelled stepwell was specially constructed for rainwater harvesting.
At the same time, Harshat Mata temple spread over a vast area of land is indeed a terrific work of architecture. The temple is said to belong to the 10th century. The diety or the Harshat mata (mother) of the temple is a token of love and compassion. The damaged forms within the temple suggest that it was dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Rajasthan is very popular for its folk dances and extremely colourful attire of both the men and women. Abhaneri ‘s locals are well known for the dance forms known as Ghoomar, Kalbela, and Bhawai.
While visiting this quaint Abhaneri village, one should not forget to try out the lip-smacking and sumptuous Rajasthani thali meal. It comprises of malpowa, amongst the other delicacies, a special Rajasthani dessert to indulge in. Although it is raw, the underdeveloped village sees a bountiful of tourists to visit the grand Chand Baori, wonderful Harshat mata temple and to see or ride the popular Rajasthani camels.