Delhi was never a city with abundant water and despite having the Yamuna as its major source of water, Delhi always faced a water crisis. During medieval times, the kings commissioned the construction of Baolis all across Delhi to tackle the water crisis. The scorching summer heat made most of the surrounding areas of Mehrauli city arid and dry and these Baolis used to serve as water for irrigation and water reserve. Mehrauli has such numerous Baolis made during 15th and 16th century. One such surviving Baoli is the Rajao ki Baoli. Rajon translated means Masons, not kings. This is the common misconception about the origin of the Baoli. Named after the masons that were working there, Rajon Ki Baoli served as an important part of the Mehrauli City. The three-storey structure seems to unfold and emerge as you approach closer. Made out of rocks, the Baoli is similar to other Baolis built during the 15th and 16th century. The three-storeyed structure can be accessed through the steps and each storey has a unique structure. A feat of architecture, the Baoli still remains tall amidst the ruins of other monuments of the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Visitors can walk across the platforms on each storey.
History of the Attraction
Believed to be built by a Daulat Khan, during the rule of Sikander Lodi, the Rajon ki Baoli was part of the complex of stepwells in Mehrauli. Resonating to the 15th-century style of architecture, the stepwell has three levels, each level being narrow than the previous one. The visitors can stroll across the platforms on each of the three levels. Located near the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the stepwell is the part of preserved Mehrauli Archaeological Park complex. Not much is known about the history of the Baoli. Usually hidden from the crowd of visitors, Rajon Ki Baoli is an ideal place to spend some time in solitude, soaking in the history of the surrounding.
The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar station on Yellow Line of Delhi Metro. From there you can take an auto to reach Rajon ki Baoli.
Things to Do in & around
The Rajon ki Baoli is located near the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, which is one of the most famous historic sites in Delhi. You can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub complex and witness the famous Qutub Minar
Opening and Closing Timing
The Baoli is open from 9 am to 5 pm on all days of the week.
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.