Agrasen Ki Baoli

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Agrasen ki Baoli, is situated in Delhi, is a local historical monument.
Agrasen Ki Baoli is located in Delhi
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Location within Delhi
General information
Architectural stylePersian architecture
Town or cityDelhi
Design and construction

Agrasen ki Baoli, designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road,[1] near Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India.[2] Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen,[3] and the present architecture hints at it being rebuilt in the 14th century during the Tughlag period of Delhi Sultanate. The Baoli is open daily from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.

Origin of the word Baoli[edit]

Baoli or bawdi, also referred to as baori or bauri, is a Hindi word (from Sanskrit wapi[4][5] or vapi, vapika).[6][7] In Rajasthan and Gujarat the words for step well include baoli, bavadi, vav, vavdi and vavadi.[8] Water temples[9] and temple step wells were built in ancient India. The earliest forms of step well and reservoir were also built in India in places like Dholavira as far back as the Indus Valley Civilisation.[10]


This Baoli, with 108 steps, is among a few of its kind in Delhi. The visible parts of this historical step well consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides.

Panoramic shot of Agrasen ki Baoli, with the arches visible.

In popular culture[edit]

The location has been used to shoot scenes from various Bollywood films such as the blockbuster film PK starring Aamir Khan and Sultan starring Salman Khan. It was also featured in the 2017 Sridevi thriller Mom.[11][12] There have also been reports of the Baoli being haunted.[13][14][15][16] In 2012, a photo-shoot of Formula One models also took place here.[17] The step well also appeared on the second episode of The Amazing Race Australia 2 in 2012.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The connecting road between Kasturba Gandhi Road and Barakhamba Road
  2. ^ Agrasen ki Baoli gets new lease of life. The Times of India, 2 January 2002. Retrieved from Archived 26 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Mittal, J.P. (2006), History of Ancient India (4250 BCE to 637 CE) page 675, ISBN 978-81-269-0616-1 (This author considers King Agrasen an actual historical figure)
  4. ^ Suryakanta(1975), Sanskrit Hindi English Dictionary, page 519, Orient Longman (ISBN 086125 248 9).
  5. ^ Whitworth, George Clifford (1885), An Anglo-Indian Dictionary (See Baoli).
  6. ^ Jutta Jain- Newbauer (1981), The step wells of Gujarat in art-historical perspective (see the term).
  7. ^ A Sanskrit English Dictionary by Monier Monier-Willams, originally published in 1899 by Clarendon Press Oxford, reprinted by Motilal Banarasidass.
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  9. ^ "Agrasen Ki Baoli: Know These Mysteries Of The Haunted Place". Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  10. ^ Takezawa, Suichi. "Stepwells -Cosmology of Subterranean Architecture as seen in Adalaj" (pdf). The Diverse Architectural World of The Indian Sub-Continent. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  11. ^ "8 Facts You Didn't Know About Agrasen Ki Baoli". Native Planet. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Bollywood movies shot at Agrasen ki Baoli". Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  13. ^ "A Visit To Agrasen Ki Baoli Considered A Haunted Monument in New Delhi". desi Traveler. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  14. ^ jain, aditi. "Agrasen Ki Baoli". Tripoto. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  15. ^ Show, Subhas Chandra. "Agrasen ki Baoli Haunted, Ugrasen ki Baoli new Delhi". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Agrasen Ki Baoli, New Delhi". Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Agrasen Ki Baoli - Not a haunted stepwell in Delhi by Jatin Chhabra". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  18. ^ "RECAP: THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA, EPISODE 2.02 – "HE'S AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BULL."". 2 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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Coordinates: 28°37′34″N 77°13′30″E / 28.62611°N 77.22500°E / 28.62611; 77.22500