Stepwell Restoration In Jaipur Kadam Kund

During the last few weeks, there’s a cleanup drive in one of the ancient Stepwells in Jaipur initiated by the civic authority, Jaipur Municipal Corporation/ JMC. This is in partnership with the public & local residents of the area. The aim of the drive aims is restoration and clean up at all ancient Baoris of Jaipur. For uninitiated, a Baori is a Stepwell, a common source of water during ancient times in the local semi-arid region.

Water conservation program in Jaipur with public participation by the civic body

Stepwell is an ancient system that collects water during rains and ensures the availability of water for the public throughout the year. One can find Baoris stretching across a large geographical area in India; from the state of Gujrat to the capital region of Delhi, as well as in Karanataka The dependence of people on this source continued until the new system of tapped water lines replaced it at the beginning of the 20th century. Thereafter, locals stopped using Stepwells resulting in its deterioration.

Of late, a drive to restore this important part of our culture and heritage is gaining ground. With Al-Nino effect in full swing, there’s been a major push to clean & restore these water sources. Water conservation is another impending factor. I cannot document and showcase the entire Stepwell cleanup and restoration drive. I’m posting a few pictures clicked by me during my chance visit to the Kadam Kund area.

Heritage Baori in Jaipur –Kadam Kund

Kadam Kund is one of the Baoris being cleaned up & restored. It has three reservoirs & is reasonably big. The source of water of this Baori is water collected from the nearby hills during the rainfall. During the monsoon season, one can witness multiple waterfalls from the nearby hills. I found local residents removing dirt and debris from the Kadamb Kund water reservoir during my visit. Some of them were even dressed in the pre-designated uniform – orange t-shirts with a special message printed on it. The JMC provided logistical support. It’s great to see people coming forward for the cause.

Local residents cleaning the Kadam Kund Baori 


water conservation program at Kadam Kund Bawri, Jaipur


Kadam Kund Bawri


Water level marking at Kadam Kund Jaipur
Kadam Kund Baori, Jaipur

The current drive is a great attempt to clean ancient water sources before the onset of rains. Preserving our heritage is important. A large number of Baoris were built by royalty over the last few Centuries which are now in disrepair requiring urgent restoration.

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21 thoughts on “Stepwell Restoration In Jaipur Kadam Kund

    1. The only reason why I can say that these time tested methods were put out of use is that we all beleived that we can get away with new systems – tapped water. Unfotunately, this has led to misuse of available resources. The newer systems tend to consume more water as well. This has led to drying or overburdening of source of origin. I’m sure nature will do something to restore balance. Famines, epidemics, floods were some of the checks performed by nature. We may try to over power nature, but we all know who the boss is! hanks for your thoughts. 🙂

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  1. God is found a way to say man that he has to start doing all the restoration of the water bodies. If we are to do something it’s for some selfish reason. We humans tend to mis-use things then realize it in a hard way. But good some reforms are happening. 🙂☺️😊

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    1. Thanks Meena for your thoughts. It’s true that we humans take everything to extreme…probably due to greed! Fortunately, nature has it’s own way of restoring balance and counter-balance. It’s just the start, whether it maintains the momentum or not…is yet to be seen! I hope that it does.. 🙂

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  2. this is so heartening…we really must keep our time tested methods of water conservation going…in goa,all the fields have these huge dug out ponds…usually they dry up only around mid may…this year,thanks to a below average rainfall last season…i saw most of them run dry by mid march…so ya…good going jaipur:)

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I have always felt that we are abandoning age old systems thinking that newer methods are better, without actually analysing it carefully. We are suffering from colonial mindset- anything emanating from west “must” be good. We tend to forget that systems used by our ancestors were devised based on local suitability. I hope we realize this..at least now! I can relate with what you exlained above in respect of Goa. I have seen them many years ago. well, El-Nino has affected everyone this year- across the globe!

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  3. Der aaye durust aaye! Better late than never….it’s heartening to see people join hands to help civic bodies…or is it vice versa…whatever, it is great to see this work gaining momentum. Conservation is the key word these days…our survival depends on it! Good picture coverage, as usual!

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  4. Interesting…where in Jaipur is Kadam Kund? Do you have exact location info (ideally GPS coordinates)? I am leading a collaborative mapping project of stepwells called Stepwell Atlas – we have 1800+ stepwells mapped (including many in and around Jaipur), but not this one I think…
    Many thanks!

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    1. Hi, Philip, yes I can provide information. Unlike other Baori or stepwell its structure is slightly different. It’s not so deep. Let me what all information you need. Will be happy to help.


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