Toorji Ka Jhalra


Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well) was built in Jodhpur the 1740s by a Queen, Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort, continuing an age old tradition that Royal women would build public water works.


As with all step wells, the steps follow the fluctuating water table down to provide easy all-year round access.



Interestingly this well was submerged and full of debris for decades. Only recently has it been drained, cleaned up and restored.

In the process, the excavations went down over two hundred feet to expose hand carved treasures in Jodhpur’s famous rose-red sandstone; including intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions and cow water-spouts, as well as niches housing deities long gone.



The well’s original system consisted of a Persian Wheel driven by a pair of bullocks circling the platform on top, which drew water up to two different access levels and a separate tank.



Interestingly, the Rajput Princess who funded the well hailed from Patan in Gujarat, home to one of the finest Step Wells in the country.



The whole area around the Toorji Ka Jhalra step well has undergone a bit of urban regeneration recently, under the auspices of a project called JDH, with vibrant shops, restaurants, hotels and cafes.




Even though Toorji Ka Jhalra is just a few hundred meters from the Clock Tower in Jodhpur, the step well still seems to be largely off the tourist map, which I was quite surprised about. I guess available time and the draw of the Mehrangarh fort prevents more visitors from coming here.

The best time to see the well is probably early morning, by midday it’s always frequented by children and some adults who enjoy having a dip and a dive into what must be extremely cool waters. It’s great to see the local community embracing this heritage monument once again.




The daily maintenance of the well is purely through volunteers, and they do a great job. The water must be pretty clean as there’s plenty of fish swimming around the tank, who of course get regularly fed by the locals.


Just 5 minutes walk from here is a second step well in Jodhpur, Mahila Bagh Ka Jhalra.

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  1. Hi Kevin, I just got back from a visit to Jodhpur and was looking for a bit more info on this exact step well that I had photographed. I must say, your photographs have really captured the amazing depth and breadth of this piece of architecture. I’ll need to follow your blog to see more of where you go in India and what interesting photos you’ll be taking. Thanks!

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      • Hi Kevin,

        Such a nice click and information about the city i belong to.
        A Prof. In heritage tourism and a walk curator by passion would love to host you, if planning around Rajasthan and Chandigarh.

        follow me on instagram and facebook to know more about the work.

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  2. amazing piece of information and i got even more fascinated for these stepwells….i never knew about all this until someone told me about this….jodhpur is the place where my in-laws live….i have been here thrice but never to this lovely place….but this time i also got a change to visit this wonderful place….would like to invite you to check my video on the same –

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  3. Amazing pics n blog as well. I wish I could have read your blog earlier. I have just returned from Jodhpur & Jaisalmer trip. Didn’t know this well is in Jodhpur though I had seen the pics in couple of magazine n movies. I think I will have to make another trip!!! Thanks so much for sharing this information!

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  4. Amazing pics n blog as well. I wish I could have read your blog earlier. I have just returned from Jodhpur & Jaisalmer trip. Didn’t know this well is in Jodhpur though I had seen the pics in couple of magazine n movies. I think I will have to make another trip!!! Thanks so much for sharing this information!

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    • Namaste 😀. I spent a lot of time researching Jodhpur prior to visiting the city, but this step-well only came up at the very end of that process, so I was lucky to find out about it really. As you say, one of perhaps a few excuses to go back one day 😀. Thanks for stopping by !


  5. So, well written Kevin. Being a Jodhpurite it is so proudful to know that tourist are so keen towards the heritage sites and culture of India as well as Jodhpur. Hope you liked the city.
    Also I’m a food blogger frm the city, do check out my feed too.

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    • Namaste – Jodhpur is an amazing city, and the perfect place to experience Holi. I visited your food blog, bit surprised it has so much on what I would consider western food. When I’m in India I eat only local food, it’s far more tasty than anything we get here 🙂 Thanks for stopping by !

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  6. Hi Kevin!
    Nice piece of write up on Toorji ka zhalara.
    I belong to Jodhpur and had been living my childhood hardly 2 km away from this place. There are many Baoris around the place, but to be honest was totally unaware of this Baori (Stepwell in local language) and it’s beauty.
    Thanks for bringing few memories back.

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  7. Dear sir. Nice coverage. Another step well is the famous Adalaj Ni Vav near Gandhinagar Gujarat
    Very intricate carving.
    I live in jodhpur but unfortunately have never visited this jhalra. Will do soon.

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  8. Dear Kevin, how are you? I hope, this message finds you well.
    I am a frequent visitor to Rajasthan and Jodhpur on business mainly.
    I explore the city in the evenings, after work and found the mentioned stepwell myself.
    While you mention day-time, have you ever visited it by evening/night-time? Amazing views!
    If you like, I can share some of my pictures with you.

    I miss Jodhpur and look forward to going there again soon, when possible again.

    Best regards from Hamburg/Germany

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