Unknown facts about Delhi city – Part1

Age old baolis

Visiting back in time, several magnificent age old Step well (baolis)  are still visible  in Delhi. The history of Delhi, its rise & fall, victories and defeat would remain incomplete without the presence of these baolis.

Rajon Ki Baoli

Rajon Ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli

Located midst of busy marketplace of Connaught place surrounded by office towers and shopping malls, the Agrasen ki Baoli, named after Raja Agrasen of the Mahabharata, is believed to have been built during the 10th century BC. But historians feel that the Baoli was built in the 14th century AD by the Agarwal community. The well was surrounded by cool corridors where the locals lounged on hot summer afternoons

Agrasen ki Baoli: Located off Hailey Road. Nearest metro station:  Barakhamba Road.

Hazrat Nizamuddin ki Baoli

Dedicated to the legendary Sufi saint who made generous use of this water tank, it lay in ruins and was all but forgotten till the year 2009. The Delhi administration in consultation with the Dargah officials undertook a massive cleanup exercise and repaired the crumbling edifices of the Baoli. This drive exposed the blocked passage and underground springs which had been choked with garbage and filth. Today this is one of the few remaining baolis which despite its 800+ years of history has an active underground spring. You can find it next to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.

Hazrat Nizamuddin ki Baoli : Nizamuddin West, New Delhi-13

Rajon Ki Baoli

The Rajon ki Baoli, deriving its name from the word masons is a 3 story step well, that has made its own niche among various monuments, as a relic of the last pre-Mughal dynasty, the Lodhis.. It is believed to have been built by Daulat Khan during the time of Sikander Lodhi. The first impression you get of this baoli is of a medieval courtyard surrounded by many-pillared verandahs, arches done in a stylized fashion.

Rajon Ki Baoli : Mehruli Archelogial Park,  Mehrauli, New Delhi-30 ,  Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar

Gandhak ki Baoli

Currently used by neighborhood, the Gandhak ki Baoli was built by Iltutmish for Bakhtiar Kaki (a Sufi mystic responsible for establishing the Sufi order in Delhi). The Gandhak ki Baoli got its name from the smelly sulphur springs that fed the well. It is located at one edge of the vast Mehrauli Archaeological Park and remains a trailer to the ruins of a settlement that had developed in the 16th & 17th Century.

Gandhak ki Baoli :  Mehrauli, New Delhi-30 , Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar

Anangtal Baoli

Located in Mehrauli, on record it is the oldest existing baoli in Delhi, dating back to the 10th century. It was built by the Rajput King Anang Pal II of the Tomar Dynasty. Legend has it that the king commissioned the construction of many such baolis, big and small, all over his kingdom, at the behest of his favourite courtesan whose family of meagre means died of thirst and impoverishment.

Anangtal Baoli : Near Jogmaya Temple, Mehrauli, New Delhi-30,  Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar

Tughlaqabad Fort Baolis

Out of the 13 Baolis which were constructed in the 14th century on the order of Ghazi Malik, only 2 survive in the fort. The remaining baolis have died in the human made smoke, some ruins still lie in the background of the rural villages but it is strictly prohibited for the locals. In the current scenario, the existing two baolis are situated on either side of the fort – at the east or west side.

Tughlaqabad Fort Baolis : Tughlaqabad Fort, New Delhi-19, ,  Nearest Metro Station :Tughlaqabad

Lal Qila Baoli

This opulent baoli dating back to the Mughal period witnessed a lot of havoc until it was restored by the ASI. It is quite a unique structure made of Delhi Quartzite with perpendicular staircases from two sides, lined with chambers at the intersection of which lies a pit, attached to the well. The water was fresh and clean and there were fish inside it.

Lal Qila Baoli :  Red Fort Complex, Netaji Subhash Road, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi-06, Nearest Metro Station : Chandni Chowk

Hauz Khas Village, Delhi

Hauz Khas Village is a glamorous village with Pubs, Night clubs , Narrow colorful streets and street arts all around. The ambience of this place is simply amazing with narrow streets, graffiti walls, crowded with foreigners, cafes and lounges, numerous art galleries, upscale boutiques, restaurants, antique shops added to the beauty of the place. A variety of food options ranging from the street foods (rolls, momos, pani puri) to traditional South Indian and North Indian and continental food are available here.
Apart from the cafe’s lane you have hauz khas lake to see, which is very fascinating lake amidst surrounding greenery. The water tank (Hauz Khas Lake) was excavated during Alauddin Khilji‘s reign (1296–1316) in the second city of Delhi to meet the water supply needs of the newly built fort at Siri. Now the tank size has substantially reduced due to encroachment and siltation but is well maintained in its present state.
Hauz khas village also houses an Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb and pavilions built around an urbanized village with medieval history traced to the 13th century of Delhi Sultanate reign. It was part of Siri, the second medieval city of India of the Delhi Sultanate of Allauddin Khilji Dynasty (1296–1316).

Picture journey through the street of Hauz Khas :

Tomb of Feroz Shah

Tomb of Feroz Shah Kotla

Tomb of Feroz Shah Kotla

Tomb of Feroz Shah Kotla

Tomb of Feroz Shah Kotla

Tomb of Feroz Shah Kotla

Hauz Khas Lake

View of Lake from the tomb


Street design at Hauz Khas

Street design at Hauz Khas

Street design at Hauz Khas

Street design at Hauz Khas

Pink City Jaipur

Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh also known as the Pink City. Jaipur is the most colourful city of Rajasthan, mainly famous for its exotic Forts, Lavish Palaces, evergreen gardens, friendly people and for shopping.

What to see?

Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds):

Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh,is the most stunning sight in the city of Jaipur. It is a five-story, pyramid-shaped structure made up of small casements, each with tiny windows and arched roofs with hanging cornices, exquisitely modeled and carved. From the palace one can overlooks the  main streets  of Jaipur and was originally constructed to offer women of the court a vantage point, behind stone-carved screens, from which they  watch the activities taking place in the bazaar and the surrounding streets.

Hawa Mahal , Jaipur

Hawa Mahal , Jaipur

City Palace & Museum :

This Palace is the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It occupies a large area divided into a series of  gardens, courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace is the blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, now converted into a museum & houses unique antiques.

City Palace, Jaipur

City Place, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar :

This observatory was built in 1728 by Sawai Jai Sigh to study the position & movement of the planets  Which is also called as the “Yantralaya”. Its various instruments (yantras) were used to observe the movements of heavenly bodies and to measure the local time and predict eclipses.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Amber Fort :

Encircled by the pristine Maota lake & enveloped by lush green hillocks stands the majestic Amer Fort. 11 km from Jaipur, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, the fort used to be abode of the Kachchwala rulers, 7 centuries before Jaipur was built. It is approached by a step path which may be travarsed on elephant back. The main attraction inside the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), a fascinating view of the Kesar Kyari in the Maota lake can be had from the ramparts of the fort.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Palace Garden, Jaipur

Amber Fort Garden, Jaipur

Jal Mahal :

8 Kms. from Jaipur is the lovely picture perfect Man Sarobar lake, which houses the wonderful Water Palace (built in 1735) Jai Mahal.

Jal Mahal , Jaipur

Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Maharani Ki Chattar & Gaitore :

The Chattari is a complex dedicated to the memory of the queens of Jaipur. Also, enroute is Gaitore, where cenotaphs of the various rulers of Jaipur have been built. Intricately carved designs and elegant bas relief depicting the tastes of the person whom the cenotaph commemorates impart an aura of grandeur to the place.

Gaitore, Jaipur

Gaitore, Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort:

It was built by Sawai Jai Sigh for military purpose. This fort houses the largest cannon called “Jaiban”

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Nahargarh Fort:

The Fort stands at the top of rugged point of the Aravalis and offers a spectacular view of the City. The fort was made to serve as a means of supporting the security of Amer. The term “Nahargarh” refers to “the Abode of Tigers”, so it is also known as the Tiger Fort. The Fort was constructed mainly in 1734 . Another major attraction of the Fort is that, it provides an eye catching view of the Man Sagar Lake and the suburbs. The geometrically designed Nahargarh Fort looks at its best in the night, when it is dazzlingly lit.

Nahararh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Nahararh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh :

Located along the road of Agra 8 kms from Jaipur, this magnificient garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Singh II for his Sisodiya queen. It also has a palace flanked by galleries on three sides. The beautiful multilevel gardens are dotted by bubbling waterways, fountains, pools and enchanting pieces of scultpture.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Jaipur

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Jaipur

Ram Niwas Bagh :

Ram Niwas Garden was constructed by Maharaja Swai Ram Singh in 1868 and designed by Surgeon Major De-Faback, located in the center of Jaipur . which covers an area of 33 acres. The Garden consists a bird park, the Zoo, the museum, also known as the Albert Hall Museum, Ravindra Manch Theatre, art gallery and several cafes and picnic spots

Ram Niwas Bagh is garden a huge complex covered with small pools and fountains, flourishing lawns and beautiful flower and a zoological garden.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Ramgarh Lake :

35 Kms. from Jaipur on NH 8, the sprawling artificial lake enveloped by emerald green hills is an excellent picnic spot. Boating and fishing are allowed and tourist accommodation is available at the Ramgarh Lake.

Birla Temple :

This wonderful state of the art temple is made up of pure white marble and must not be missed

 Galtaji:

This ancient pilgrim centre lies amidst the low hills. A small sun temple located at the highest peak provides a fascinating view of the city below. Numerous temples, pavillions and holy pools (kunds) occupy the sprawling green premises. The natural springs here are said to possess curative properties. The legend is that Galtaji was the place where the sage Galava performed penance 15 centuries ago.

Jain Temple :

This serene palace of worship of Jains has graceful 19th century paintings lining its interior walls. It is situated on the Agra road.

Moti Doongri :

Moti Doongri has a Scottish style Castle on its top and Laxmi Narayan Temple also known as the Birla Mandir.

Moti Doongri

Moti Doongri

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir :

Near to Moti Doongri, is the Laxmi Narayan Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu.

How to reach Jaipur

The quickest and comfortable way to get to Jaipur is by air and airlines connect all the important cities in India. The airport in Jaipur is located at Sanganer, which is around 11 kilometers away from the heart of the city.

Getting to Jaipur also includes traveling by train from almost all the important cities of India. You can avail the Shatabdi Express directly from Delhi which provides you with great comfort as it is air-conditioned.

The other means to get to Jaipur is by road and one of the finest roads in India is the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway.