Rajon ki Baoli

Rajon ki Baoli
Rajon ki Baoli

The Rajon ki Baoli, inside what is known today as the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, is arguably one of the most beautiful baolis in Delhi. Constructed during the reign of Sikandar Lodi (1489-1517), it derives it’s name from being first used by masons (raj). It consists of four tiers, adorned by elegant arcades, with steps leading down to the water level, which usually remains below the second level from the bottom. As in most other baolis, a well at the back allows for water to be drawn up directly using a bucket. Attached to the west of the baoli is a mosque and a twelve pillared tomb.

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Gandhak ki Baoli

Looking upwards through the well.
Looking upwards through the well.

Built by Iltutmish in the early 13th century, it is the oldest Baoli in Delhi. It stands today as one of the very few early Sultanate structures built before the arrival of the true arch in the subcontinent. A number of ‘double columns’ reassembled from demolished Hindu temples were used during its construction – a feature found commonly in early Sultanate structures such as the nearby Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.

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