Agrasen ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli is located at the center of Delhi, near one of the most famous places in the city which is Connaught Place. There is hardly anyone who isn't aware of Connaught Place, thus visiting this place will unravel the best of monuments and secrets from the bygone era. One such amazing water harvesting monument is Agrasen ki Baoli which is a stepwell. Tourists and locals come here with their friends to spend some time and admire the architecture and ideology behind the construction of this stepwell.
Historians and history books don’t say much about the time and the architect of the Baoli, but the locals like to believe that the Baoli was built by King Agrasen who ruled here during the time of the Mahabharata. Experts also claim that the Baoli was reconstructed in the 14th century during the Tughlaq dynasty period. Switching the focus to its dimesnions, the Baoli is 60 meters long and 15 meters wide.
Built over 3 levels and comprising 108 steps, this Baoli has space for people to sit and rest on each level. Today, the monument is protected and preserved by ASI. The Baoli is one of the busiest monuments in Delhi on the weekends as students, college-goers, youngsters and people from all walks of life arrive here to spend time with friends in the unusually appealing ambiance of the Baoli.
Agrasen ki Baoli is not just a water reservoir from the past but it also is a sight that has attracted many filmmakers as well. Many popular Bollywood films such as Sultan (Starring Salman Khan), PK (starring Amir Khan), and MOM (Starring late legendary actor Sridevi) were shot here.
It stands unique in the design as its shape is quite different from any other traditional round shaped reservoirs. Explore the series of 108 steps, constructed into three levels, each level allows you to stay and relax. The incredible symmetry of the Baoli will steal your heart while its splendid architecture will make you adore the sight of it for hours.
A small mosque is present on the western side of the Baoli that is connected with stairs. The columns can be still seen, however, the roof has fallen now. Buddhist-chaitya carvings can also be explored here. Along these lines, sandstone pillars also make this mosque quite different from the general design of mosques.
Falls in the list of haunted structures in Delhi, the water of the Baoli is believed to be spelled by Black Magic. Alongside this, it is believed that black water of the Baoli attracted people to commit suicide by jumping from the top of the Baoli. Various haunted tales of this monument have scared people time and again and that is the reason people don’t prefer to get in its premises after dusk.
Stepwells have been a part of our civilization and the proofs of it are also found at Indus valley sights. Steps are constructed at the Baoli so that locals can go down conveniently till the level of water and get it to perform their daily chores during bad monsoon years. The stepwells are thousands of years old and were called as water temples, all this make stepwells like Agrasen ki Baoli a worth-exploring spot.
Connaught Place is the most happening place in Delhi. The place is home to showrooms of many big national and international brands and offices of conglomerates. Apart from that one may also explore the nearby markets such as the Janpath market, Shankar market, state emporiums, and handicraft museums.
The Baoli remains open on all days of the week and opens from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. The best time to visit the Baoli is in the morning as one may explore it to the fullest in the pleasant climate.
By Road. In case you are planning to travel to Delhi by road then you may opt for traveling by bus or your own personal vehicle. There are many government and private inter-state buses that arrive in Delhi with visitors and tourists from different states. Traveling by bus is comfortable and cheaper. In case you are arriving in the city via your personal vehicle then you have to cover nearly 260, 1,400, 1,400 and 2,100 km from Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
By Rail. New Delhi Railway Station is the nearest one to reach this historic stepwell. The distance between the station and the Baoli is approx. 3km and one may cover this by locally available DTC buses, auto-rickshaws or cabs. Delhi is well-connected to all major cities of India such as Jaipur, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, etc via railways.
By Air. Indira Gandhi International airport is the nearest airport to reach Agrasen ki Baoli. The airport receives frequent flights from all the airports in India hence one does not need to make the booking months in advance. One has to take a bus, book a taxi, or an auto to reach anywhere in Delhi. Talking specifically about Agrasen ki Baoli, one has to cover a distance of 20km to reach there.
By Metro. In case you are traveling by Metro then you must get down at either the Rajiv Chowk Metro station or the Barakhamba Metro station. From there on one may take an auto to reach the Baoli in just a few minutes.
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