Agrasen ki Baoli is located in the midst of main commercial center of Delhi, Connaught palace, but still is less known by people. Even most of the auto rickshaw did not know about this historical monument. Places like Agrasen Ki Baoli are losing their charm among the crowd, even the government or tourism of our country are not taking a required step to promote these places. I came to know about this place by one of my friends and truly it was a cleverly hidden gem amongst the millions of occupants of the huge skyscrapers.
Baolis or step wells were constructed in old days for drinking water purpose and for socializing. Agrasen ki Baoli is a three-story building, 15 meter wide and 60 meter long with around 105 steps. There is no historical document about the baoli but it is believed that the construction of this monument was done in Mahabharata Era by raja Agrasen. It was further reconstructed and restored in the 14th century during the reign of Tughlaqs by Agarwal community who are said to be the descendants of Maharaja Agrasen.
It is not the architecture or history that attracts people but Currently, Baoli is home to bats and pigeon, and it is said to be a haunted place by locals. The baoli comes under top 10 haunted places in Delhi as some people said to see some paranormal activity.
It is not the architecture, history or location which attracts visitors to the place but the haunted story that relates to the Baoli becomes a point of attraction. It maintains its position among top most haunted places in Delhi. It was believed that black water of the well used to memorize people for jumping into t and commit suicide, though no such casualty are reported in the recent years. Also, some people feel paranormal activity inside the well. Nowadays, it is home to bats and pigeon and you can heard the screeching of them. The Baoli has also got into highlight after Bollywood movie PK got to shoot here.
Sadly, this precious monument has lost its charm and is left forgotten, ignored and unvisited. Though the step well is now being protected by ASI under the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act (1958).