Explore the glory of India with unexplored yet beautiful places!
Can you imagine the feeling that Columbus must have had when he discovered America?…O my God! Dumbstruck! Spellbound! It’s an incredible, addictive feeling to discover a less travelled place and then share it with your fellows. It’s more like finding your own place and then telling people to explore the same with all those minute details that you found out. You enjoy sharing the calmness and serenity of the place. And then that feeling of enjoying the beauty that is not glorified by unnecessary hype, is priceless. In this series of blog we shall highlight not so talked about places in India and bring out their beauty and tranquility they have to offer for the true explorers of India.
Delhi is made capital of India for a reason. The vast cultural heritage and also rich historical background has made Delhi a favorite amongst politicians and bureaucrats alike. Also Dilliwallas are warm and friendly and welcome everybody with fervor and zeal. Apart from this Delhi is also famous for the historical monuments it proudly possesses. We all know about Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Jantar Mantar, Humayun’s Tomb etc. But Delhi also has hidden glories. Places that are not known to people but are places of historical importance and beauty. It won’t be an understatement to say that most of the Delhiites are also unaware of these places. One such destination is Agrasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi.
This single-flight step well is located on Hailey Road in New Delhi. The closest landmark is Jantar Mantar near Connaught Place. Although there is no confirmed traditional information regarding who designed Agrasen Ki Baoli, but it is considered that it was initially designed by the popular master architect Agrasen, during the impressive Mahabharat era and was renewed in the fourteenth century by the Agrawal dynasty which information its source to Maharaja Agrasen.
A pre-Lodhi monument, Agrasen ki Baoli has a relatively simple structure that comprises a single flight of 103 steps which leads to a now dry water tank. The stone walls of this well are 60×15 meter rectangle made up of series of superimposed arcades that look stark and beautiful. The walkways are lonely and interrupt at 3 levels that give you the opportunity to explore various alcoves and rooms that must have been once used for pujas or as sites for retreat during summer months. However the most hazardous of these rooms are closed with gates today. And also you must avoid the pigeons which claim them as their own private roosts.
This lovely structure is a pleasurable site for a retreat if you are searching for a quality peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Picturesque and beautiful Agrasen ki Baoli is also a great location for photographers to explore their skills and a new place too. So next time when you are in Delhi or if you are a Delhiite and you haven’t yet been to Agrasen ki Baoli, plan to visit it soon because this place will surely win your heart with its super fine architecture. And you will love this place for the calmness and peacefulness it has to offer, right in the heart of a loud and lively city.