Up and Down the Ancient Step Well of Agrasen Ki Baoli | Delhi, India


Not far from the frenetic streets surrounding Connaught Place in Delhi, an ancient subterranean marvel possessing a fascinating history remains in an almost Zen-like condition. For the believers of mystical tales and legends, this is also where strange occurrences happen and ghostly demons plot curses. The Agrasen Ki Baoli is an ancient water reservoir common all over India of the olden times. Descending to a total of 108 stone steps, it has three levels all lined-up with arched niches on both sides.

Marky Ramone Go

The name was derived from the Hindi word "bawdi", which in the regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan, becomes the word “baoli”, referring to water temples. Historians who studied the type of architecture of Agrasen Ki Baoli hinted that the structure was built sometime around 14th century during the reign of the Islamic empire of the Delhi Sultanate.

Sophie Gianan

Channeling out its reputation of being one of the most haunted places in Delhi, I find the stair well a stimulant of calming sense. Watching the flocks of pigeons fly in waves over its niched corridors on both sides, while taking refuge in the shade from surrounding tall trees, I find marveling at the aged steps slowly taking me back in time.

Jomie Naynes

Photogenic in every angle you look at it, it comes as no surprise to find the place teeming with people with cameras. I was joined by another traveler (a Filipina solo traveler) I met in Zostel Hostel in Delhi. She was also the one who recommended me to visit this place.

Sara Abdollahi

There are around 14 of these ancient step wells in Delhi and the Agrasen Ki Baoli—being the biggest and the most intact—was designated as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958.

Koryn Iledan

In a country dotted with historical ancient landmarks—and I've been fortunate to have visited a lot of it before—being in this throwback gem of a historic spot in the middle of Delhi, still afforded me with yet another wonderful memory of India.

Audrey Tangonan

After almost an hour and already nearing sunset, me and Jane decided to get going and went back to our hostel on foot but not before stopping by a street famous for Delhi sweets.