Bundi is best known for its step wells. These step wells, called Baoris in the local language, were the only source of water for the people of the region, till piped water was provided. There are more than 50 step wells in the region, but only a very few have been maintained.
Most people abandoned the step wells after piped water was introduced and this resulted in their dilapidation. Some of these step wells unfortunately are now being used as dumpsters. The step wells of Bundi boast of exquisite beauty and architectural excellence. Several rich people constructed magnificent tanks and step wells and attached religious significance to the tanks. These people were considered to be noble and won the respect of the commoners.