March 12, 2016

Gandhak Ki Baoli - Delhi

Site Name: Gandhak ki Baoli 
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Highlights: Little known monument in Delhi

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for monuments. It has around 1300 monuments. Qutb Minar is one of the most popular monuments in Delhi. Let me introduce a little known and ignored monument called Gandhak ki Baoli, which is located very near to the famous Qutb Minar, in this article.

Gandhak ki Baoli is one of the many step wells that are found in the historical Mehrauli area of Delhi. It is located in a highly populated and congested area. It is little difficult to locate. It can be reachable from Adham Khan's tomb. The distance from Adham Khan's tomb to this baoli is hardly 100 meters.

It is believed that Gandhak ki Baoli was built in the 13th century CE during the reign of Iltutmish. As it had suplhur rich water, it is called as Gandhak (which means sulphur) ki Baoli. The baoli has five levels and the area of each level decreases as it goes down. The structure is made of stone and rubble and looks very simple. The narrow walkways act as the boundary between each of the levels. The top most layer has the pillars that were taken away from the erstwhile Hindu and Jain shrines similar to the mosque in the nearby Qutb Minar complex. 

Happy travelling. 

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