Monuments

Stepwells of Delhi

SUDHA MAHALINGAM
At Gandhak ki baoli in Mehrauli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Steps leading to Agrasen ki baoli reveal its magnitude and grandeur. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
At a baoli in Mehrauli, the entrance is marked by an archway. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
In the ruins of Mehrauli, an archway that leads to Rajon ki baoli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
The view from the inside of a baoli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
A colonnaded arcade on the top tier of Rajon ki baoli in Mehrauli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Arches on the steps leading to the well in Agrasen ki baoli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
A 'dalan', or colonnaded verandah, in Rajon ki baoli. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Mehrab in Mehrauli. Baolis served as centres of prayer, meditation and interaction. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Rajon ki baoli, a view from the top. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Calligraphy medallions in the Rajon ki baoli complex. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
Deep inside a baoli. The depth and design of these baolis, all of which are in disrepair, were eminently suited to prevent evaporation in the searing summer heat of the northern plains. Photo: SUDHA MAHALINGAM
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