Stepwells, also called kalyani or pushkarani , bawdi or baoli are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected and are often of architectural significance. They also may be multi-storied having a bullock which turns the water wheel ("rehat") to raise the water in the well to the first or second floor.
They are most common in western India. They may be also found in the other more arid regions of the South Asia, extending into Pakistan. The construction may be utilitarian, but sometimes includes significant architectural embellishments.