In contrast to the chaos of central Delhi, the quaint Hailey Road hides a gem which has become a tourist hotspot in Delhi, the infamous Agrasen Ki Baoli. Made famous by iconic movies like PK and Sultan, Agrasen ki Baoli has become the new trend in the city. Amidst the jungle of concrete, this quaint little monument in Delhi is a reminiscence of the heritage of medieval times. One of the most preserved monuments in Delhi, Agrasen ki Baoli is a monument of many origins and history. Believed to be one of the most haunted monuments in Delhi, the water in Baoli was believed to be a source of Black magic. It was believed that who so ever looked at the black water of the Baoli used to commit suicide by jumping from the top of the Baoli. However, just like any folklore, there has been no actual proof of it. Today, the monument is flocked by visitors and birds, who have called it their home. 108 steps well, as you descend to its lower level, the cold air makes the surrounding more gothic. In a situation like that, you might actually start believing the tales of haunted. Although there is no water left inside the stepwell, you might still wonder how glorious it would look, filled with water.
History of the Attraction
The monument is supposed to be constructed by the king of Haryana, Maharaja Agrasen during the Mahabharat Era. Although it is popularly known as the Agrasen Ki Baoli, the board on the entry of the Baoli says that the name of the Baoli is Ugrasen ki Baoli. There has been no actual proof which can confirm its origin. Many believe that the monument was constructed by the Agrawal Dynasty. The monument was renovated in the year of 2016 and the post-renovation, the Baoli has become one of the most visited monuments in India. Protected and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the speculations that the Baoli is haunted has been denied by the authorities. Many believe that the cold temperature and presence of bats give the monument a gothic appeal but that is all, there is no evidence of the Baoli being haunted.
The nearest metro station is Mandi House metro station on Blue and Violet Line of Delhi Metro. From metro station, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a ten-minute walk. You can also take an auto to reach Agrasen ki Baoli from Mandi House Metro station.
Things to Do in & around
Agrasen Ki Baoli is located close to Connaught Place, which is one of the best shopping destinations in Delhi. Visitors can also visit the famous India Gate which is 10 minutes drive from Agrasen Ki Baoli.
Opening and Closing Timing
The Baoli is open on all days of the week from sunrise to sunset.
There is no entry fee.
Best Time to Visit
Winters in Delhi is the best time to explore the city with climate being favourable for a sightseeing tour.