Close to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan there are several step wells, in varying degrees of decay. The one I visited, in Bagar,if my memory serves me, was not considered safe enough to get close to.
But the rather dreamlike surroundings offered a little respite from the relentless heat and dust,
and this smiling gentleman was very proud to be taking care of the well.
These structure has been around for hundreds of years, so I’m posting for Paula’s traces of the past.