Agrasen Ki Baoli- In a Time Wrap, Smack in Middle of New Delhi

By Mridula Dwivedi January 13, 2013 14 Comments , ,

I knew of Agrasen Ki Baoli for quite sometime now. Sometimes I made elaborate plans to go there. But I never succeeded till yesterday! And when I went, I was not even carrying my camera, I used my cell phone to take pictures!

Agrasen Ki Baoli, New DelhiAgrasen Ki Baoli, New Delhi

About its history I am quoting from Wikipedia

Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat epic era and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen.

This description corresponds with the ASI inscription stone outside the monument. I had actually gone to meet my old friend from school and while we were having coffee at CP, she asked if there was a historical monument around. And I (or rather the auto driver) took her to Agrasen Ki Baoli.

College Students at Agrasen Ki Baoli

College Students at Agrasen Ki Baoli

In the present times it seems to be a popular hangout with college students! I could spot only a few tourists but many SLRs. I could see a lot of chairs piled high in a corner but no operation cafe on this day.

Agrasen Ki Baoli

Agrasen Ki Baoli

We walked to the bottom of the step well but saw no water. There were stairs going further down but two people were sitting there and when we asked them what was there, they discouraged us to go any further. I am sure they didn’t want to move from there perch.

Ancient and Modern at Agrasen Ki Baoli

Ancient and Modern at Agrasen Ki Baoli, New Delhi

I was quite amazed at the view that the top of the steps presented. I could see the modern buildings of CP as well as this fascinating monument at the same time! I hope the next time I end there I would have my main camera as well.

PS. If you want to go, the nearest metro station is Barahkhamba Road. The auto guy will charge you 20-30 rupees from there.

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14 thoughts on “Agrasen Ki Baoli- In a Time Wrap, Smack in Middle of New Delhi”

  1. It’s interesting that the city has grown around this stepped well. As students of architecture, we drew plans and sections of stepped wells – the Adalaj vav in Ahmedabad and the Rani ni vav in Patan and learnt how they were used by travellers for resting, en route to another settlement. Thinking about how towns grow and wrap themselves around history is quite fascinating.

  2. Thanks Anu, I also ended up there by chance.

    Damyanti is that story online to read? Please share the link.

    Yes Rama this is quite close to Barahkhamba Road 😀

    Thanks Debopam.

    Thank you so much for that insight Indian Bazaars.

    Thanks Niranjan.

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