Agrasen ki Baoli

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Timings : 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 2 hours

Entry Fee : Free

Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi Overview

Also referred to as Agar Sain Ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli, this attraction is a historical monument situated on the Halley Road in New Delhi. A mosaic of different assortment of stones and rocks, Agrasen ki Baoli, is an ancient water reservoir which rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Hidden amidst the business towers and residential apartments of central Delhi, this place is a quiet and serene experience perfect for photography lovers. The old brick walls of the structure take you back in history, and as you go down the steps, a drop in temperature can be experienced. Agrasen ki Baoli is a protected monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The structure of Agrasen Ki Baoli occupies a width of 15 metres and is 60 metres long which is quite impressive considering the fact that it is believed to have been built somewhere around the time of Mahabharata. The reservoir still serves its ancient purpose as the lower parts of the baoli can be seen submerged in water on some occasions. There is a mosque located on its South-Western Side which stands on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof. Interestingly, this site is famous for being haunted, and visitors have claimed to feel a strange presence here quite often. Lately, this destination has become popular among the local folks after Raju Hirani's film 'PK' starring Aamir Khan was shot here.

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How To Reach Agrasen ki Baoli

The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk. DTC operates several sightseeing buses which stop by at most of the popular tourist attractions in Delhi. You can also reach the Baoli by hiring a taxi.

History of Agrasen Ki Baoli

The history of Agrasen ki Baoli is shrouded in mystery, and there are confirmations as to who was behind the construction of the same. However, it is believed that it was built by King Agrasen around the time of Mahabharata, as is suggested by the name itself. It was rebuilt and reconstructed by the Aggarwals in the 14th century which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen. This water reservoir is believed to be an important community place where women used to congregate and spend time away from the heat of the summers. The alcoves of the Baoli were also used for rituals and religious ceremonies. 

Architecture of Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli is unique in its structure as its shape is quite different from the traditional round shape of reservoirs that existed in Delhi during that time. Built over a series of 103 steps, the baoli gradually descends into the ground. These steps are built over three levels, each of which serves as a landing where people can rest and relax. These levels are in turn akin to arched stone carvings that lie in beautiful symmetry to each other. The style of its architecture indicates that it was rebuilt during the Tughlaq period.

Haunted Stories about Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli is quite famous for urban legends of hauntings and incidents. Many people consider it to be haunted and it has been the centre of many paranormal activities. Legend has it that the reservoir was once filled with mystical dark waters that compelled people to jump in to commit suicide. In the more modern times, it is said that the place casts an evil spell on visitors that stay over at this destination after dusk. The presence of several nocturnal beings such as bats and owls only elevate the bizarre quotient of this place. Haunted or not, these happenings do make up for interesting stories and make this destination even more intriguing.

Mosque at Agrasen ki Baoli

Towards the western side of this attraction lies a small mosque above a small flight of stairs. Although the roof of the mosque has fallen in, the columns of the same are still present and have Buddhist-chaitya carvings adorning them. These sandstone pillars stand out in comparison to the general design of the mosque.

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Tina Garg 2 years ago
Agrasen Ki Baoli: This is my favorite place in the city to go to whenever I want an escape from the fast-moving Delhi life. A very fine example of the life in Ancient Delhi, the architecture spell-bounds me till today even though I have visited this little haven of mine more than a hundred times now. The place is easy to reach as it’s located near Barakhamba Metro Station. It’s also an amazing photo-shoot location. And when I am in the mood to shop after enjoying the historical structures, nearby situated Janpath Market is always there to serve me. A visit to the baoli enlightens my mood by 10 times.

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