Visit the Fascinating HADI RANI KI BAORI & Solve Its PAHELI!

Attributes: Romantic, Adventure, Heritage, Weekend Getaway, Around the City

After Karan Arjun village, we decided to how much Bollywood admire ‘Apno Rajasthan’. Today we will tell you about one of the most beautiful destinations used in the famous movie Paheli, “Hadi Rani Ki Baori”. This step well is located in Todaraisingh which is approx. 2 hours 45 min drive from Jaipur and 30 km from Tonk city.

This baori or step well is one of the fascinating locations in this film but very few people know about this. However, since the release of the film the Hadi Rani ki Baori has become a popular destination.

In the 2005 film Paheli, the characters Lachchi (Rani Mukherjee) and Kishanlal (Shah Rukh Khan) each stop at the Hadi Rani ki Baori in Toda Rai Singh, Rajasthan as part of their separate, but related, journeys in the movie.

You will have to drive through village roads to reach this spot which is not too bad. Hadi Rani ka Kund is also under ASI, and the good thing which local municipal authority has done is that they have developed a lovely park around the site and are keeping is quite clean.

This is a square shaped stepwell but not very deep, and I was only able to see two stories above the water. The story about Hadi Rani, this stepwell's namesake, is both fascinating and frightening.

“ Hadi Rani is known for her legendary character. She was a daughter of Hada Rajput and was married to a Chieftain Chundawat of Salumbar in Mewar. Hadi Rani sacrificed her life only to motivate her husband to go the war. In the year 1653-1680, a battle was fought between Maharaja of Mewar and Aurangzeb. Maharaja of Mewar called her husband for the war. But the Sardar hesitated about going to war as he was married only a few days earlier. However, being a Rajput and to protect the Rajput honor he had to join the battle and he asked Hadi Rani to give him some memento to take with to the battlefield. Hadi Rani thought that she was an obstacle to his husband in completing his duty for Mewar of being a Rajput. So, to motivate her husband to go the war and protect Mewar, she ordered her head to be severed and presented to her husband. On seeing the head of his beloved Hadi Rani, the Sardar shattered but then tied her head proudly as a memento around his neck by its hair. He fought bravely on the battlefield and made the forces of Aurangzeb to run but even after the victory he refused to go from the battlefield and he cut his neck too as he didn’t want to live anymore.”

After hearing this story, perhaps it is appropriate that we learn in Paheli that many ghosts happen to reside near the Hadi Rani ki Baori.

The traditional architecture of this baori, when seen from a distance, makes this place a must-visit. The Baori has unique features in it as there is no symmetry in the design and much more. The steps are built in such a way that it will collect the water. The steps look crazy almost like waves rolling down the hillside.

I was surprised to find that this place is not on the map of most of the tour operators’ tourist map. It’s one of the beautiful places to visit, not only for its architecture but for its story behind.

It is a perfect weekend getaway and I recommend all to must visit this place!

Hadi Rani Ki Baori

Distance: 2 hours 45 min drive from Jaipur Near Tonk City

Written By: Surbhi Bansal

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