Agrasen ki Baoli – Ancient Step Well in the heart of New Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki baoli is an ancient step well, right in the heart of New Delhi, near Connaught Place. It is protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Photo By Pulakit Singh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Agrasen-ki-Baoli (Source – wikipedia/wikimedia)

Agrasen-ki-Baoli alias baori alias bauri, is 60 meters in length and and 15 meters wide. There is no historical evidence as to who originally built this magnificent step-well. It is believed that it was built by king Agrasen, the legendary king of Agroha. In the 14th century, this step well was rebuilt by the Agrawal community, which traces its origin to above mentioned kingdom.

Ugrasen ki baoli has 108 steps,spanning over three layers. Each level is lined with arched niches, on both the sides.

Ugrasen ki baoli was pictured in many movies, including the Bollywood blockbuster movie, PK with Aamir Khan in lead role.

Similar step wells can be seen in Gujarat state. Rajasthan state has also a magnificent step well, with 3500 steps, across 13 stories!

How Do I Go to Agrasen-ki-Baoli?

Ugrasen ki baoli is situated on the Hailey Road, near Connaught Place and Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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