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Agrasen ki Baoli close to the heart of Connaught place in Central Delhi is a beautiful but not so frequented hangout. This 14th century baoli an ancient stepwell is like a blast from the past. Flanked on both sides by niches, chambers and passageways, the 104 stone steps, descending into the well's dried bottom have three levels.
As one enters there is a mosque on one side and the only inhabitants are the hundreds of pigeons. Centuries ago this was a reservoir as well as a summer refuge for heart stricken citizens, living in pre lodhi times. As the water level plunged the people would seek a cooler retreat in the baoli's lower reaches. Till 2002 there was water but the popularity of this baoli spanning 60 metres in length and 15 metres in width has evaporated with its water. Despite being a 10 minute walk from Cannaught Place's N block its ticket less entrance hardly sees any visitors except the irre backpacker or the odd school tour.
The Baoli's solitude is remarkable but its a pity that this beautiful relicthat has travelled for in its time schedule and is holding its own against gleaming skyscrapers and yet its magnificence lies acknowledges.
How to reach
Located in Hailey Road, near KG Marg
Time to visit is 9 am to 5 pm.
Other Baoli's in Delhi
There are more than 30 baoli's in Delhi. The oldest of all is Anangtal near Mehrauli, built during the 10th century. Gandhak ki Baoli near Qutab Minar is another another old Baoli. Other well preserved baoli's are Rajon Ki Baoliin Mehrauli and Hauz Khas Baoli near Deer Park. The baoli in Nizamussin Basti built more than 700 years ago was finally spruced up early this year. It is the only one to have an active underground spring.