A stepwell in Khura

Stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected and are often of architectural significance. They are most common in western India. A number of distinct names, sometimes local, exist for stepwells. In Gujarati and Marwari language, they are usually called vav or vaav. It is built up before independence to fulfill the water needs of local population. In the past, Hindus and Muslims divided it into two parts for taking water. It is still used by the local people to fulfill the need of water. Its presence into Soon Valley is of unique significance as it is one of its own kind where spring is the source of water into the well. This particular stepwell is located in Khura village of Soon Valley.

 

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