Agrasen Ki Baoli

By Mridula Dwivedi March 1, 2017 32 Comments , ,
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When I started in the morning I had no plans to go to the Agrasen Ki Baoli today. But I still ended up there. I was coming home in the Metro, it was before 10.00 am. The train was so crowded that I gave up at Rajeev Chowk and sat in CCD at the metro station to avoid the crowds. However, even after coffee the station was crowded so I walked out. Eventually I took an auto to Agrasen ki BaoliΒ purely on a whim! I knew that by the time I would come back, the office hour rush would be over!

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The Arches on the Wall, Agrasen ki Baoli!

This was my second visit to the monument. Agrasen ki Baoli is said to be built by Maharaja Ugrasen, the forefather of the Agrawal community, in the ancient times. The stepwell is supposed to have been rebuilt by the Agrawals later in the late Tughlaq or Lodhi period. There are many stepwells across India which were used for water management in the olden times. Apart from performing a necessary function the baolis are a thing of beauty too.

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Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli measures 60 meters long and 15 meters wide. There is a long flight of uneven steps that takes you down to the well. Along the steps there are arches on the walls. You can see that there are many levels to the stepwell.

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Discussing Stories at Agrasen ki Baoli

If you Goolge for the monument you will find some references to the place being haunted. I was not even aware of the fact till I searched today. On both my trips I did not feel even in the slightest that the place was haunted. But then, that is just me.

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Visitors at the Agrasen ki Baoli

The place is popular with school and college students and couples. In that sense I was the odd person out, being a lone visitor. There was one family too, you can see the lady climbing down the steps.

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Playing Peek-a-Boo at the Baoli

Everyone, except the security guard, is interested in taking pictures at the monument. I was no exception, only I was not taking my pictures!

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The Beautiful Stepwell, Agrasen ki Baloi

I had a chat with the security guard. He is also from UP so that was the icebreaker. He said if things went out of hand with the college kids they simply call the police control room. When I was there, only one all boys group was loud. When no one paid them any attention, they too quietened down.

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Popular with Young People!

Agrasen ki Baoli has been featured in two popular Bollywood movies PK and Sultan. There were not many people today as it was a weekday. I am told the place gets crowded on the weekends. There is no entry fee to the monument. It is an ASI protected monument.

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Street Art by Harsh Raman

I am happy that I decided to walk back to the nearest metro station, Barahkamba Road. Google Maps showed that it was a 11 minute walk and I was game. When you walk out of the narrow ally do take note of the graffiti done by Harsh Raman and others.

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Street Art by Harsh Raman

By the time I reached back to Barakhamba Road Metro Station, there was no trace of the rush hour. I had been a part of the hurrying crowd for so long. It feels good that I can now sidestep it sometimes! Since the trip was unplanned i only had my cell phone with me to click the pictures.

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32 thoughts on “Agrasen Ki Baoli”

  1. I visited this place in 2014 but it’s wonderful to figure out the history and then visit again..This kind of magnanimous Architecture makes me respect the skilled architects and artisans from that era..and I bet that open sky view would have delivered many starry nights and sunshine mornings to the Royals πŸ™‚

  2. Discussing Stories at Agrasen ki Baoli, πŸ™‚ Usually I found different gender people here in this position discussing their future . By the way it is a beautiful time pass destination near Rajeev Chaowk or Barakhmbha . A museum of Natural scinces at FICCI auditorium is another place , you can go when you are roaming there .

  3. It’s mostly less crowded then other popular monuments of Delhi.
    If you climb on the top part of baoli, then you will see Dhobis (Washer man) at work next to it.

  4. Baolis are wonderful structure. At the base it is nearly two to three degree cooler compared to surface. No wonder, well water is cooler compared to running water. It is a nice place to go down on a hot summer day and spend the afternoon. Ofcourse, at the time baoli was made, population was not as large. I think, we should make many such baolis.

  5. This is one of places we wish to visit in Delhi. But never knew about this place when I visited Delhi about 12 years back. May be it’s high time that we make a visit to Delhi.

  6. Looks an impressive stepwell, but unfortunately it is without any sculpture which is rare occurrence. It is fashioned on Rani Ka Vav with same measurements. Maybe they may been vandalized that is how the ghost place stuck. Good coverage

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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