Agrasen Ki Baoli (अग्रसेन की बाओली)
Agrasen Ki Baoli is a reservoir of water which was built in the 12th century by the Maharaja Agrasen. It is a baoli which is 60 metres in length and 15 metres wide and has a very much depth which is downstairs stair case. It is located on the Hailey Road which is near the Jantar Mantar and the Connaught Place. Since it is located at the prime location so because of this it is a major tourist attraction of the city. It is also been said that the Baoli is a haunted place.
Origin of Baoli
Baoli is Hindi word is derived from the Sanskrit language. It is a step-well form of water tank which were built for the purpose of storing water in it. It is known by other names in other regional languages like bavadi in Rajasthani and vav and vavdi in Gujarati. It is one of the earliest water reservoirs in India which count their existence from the Indus Valley Civilization. Water temples were also a part of Baoli only which were built in the same time period.
The Baoli has 108 steps in the form of staircase which is unique in itself and goes deep inside to the well. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) takes care of the monument. All the renovation which is done on it now is done by the ASI only. There are three levels in the Baoli and each level is at a much greater height than the other. Various rulers had designed it according to their own use. The baoli was rebuilt in the Tughlaq period.
Popularity among filmmakers
Since the baoli is located at the prime location so it also attracts many filmmakers who shoot their movies here. Many movies which include names like PK starring Aamir Khan, Sultan starring Salman Khan, and Mom in which Sri Devi was there. Hence, by this we can say that Agrasen Ki Baoli is famous among the filmmakers as they prefer shooting here.