In the scorching heat of summer, imagine an age when there were no ACs to cool you… Horrible thought? But what if you could simply step down into a deep baoli and relax within its cool recesses? Or say, enter one of the arched rooms lining the step-well for an afternoon chat with friends?
If you haven’t seen one of these yet, hurry! Delhi has some beautiful old step-wells: the Gandhak ki Baoli and Rajon ki Baoli in Meherauli and the Agrasen ki Baoli (see picture) in central Delhi are the best known. This ornate one you see in the pic was believed to be built by Maharaja Agrasen, founder of the Agarwal community in India during the age of the Mahabharata. The current structure was probably rebuilt during the 14th century.
Thanks to Bipasha Sarkar for this beautiful picture!
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