Ugrasen Ki Baoli OR Ugrasen's step-well
Sitting there on top of the last steps, I could not stop but be amazed at how both the old and the new world have existed together all these years here.
Spending time here was like those sci-fi movies where the character travels through time and within fraction of a second transports oneself from modern world to some place in history!
I too felt something like that when I entered through the gates to this historical step well (Baoli).
Honestly,I was amazed to see this step-well sitting quietly in the middle of this ever modern,ever growing and ever busy part of the city.Yes, it's right there in the heart of capital. Truly an off -beat place to visit.
There are stairs through these huge arched corridors that lead you to the next floor.I did manage to take one such flight of stairs. But I found that these were too claustrophobic with pigeons making their nests in it.
The step-well is inactive for a long time.The roughness on the walls, lots of pigeons, webs and the algae like substance lined on the sides of the lower steps completely gives the old & experienced look to it.
Coming out of the Baoli, I couldn't stop myself from capturing these two beautiful paintings/Graffiti on the wall at the entrance to the Baoli. Whosoever did this, could have added more and made the long wall more colourful.[Just a thought:)]
Facts about Ugrasen Ki Baoli:
-It was built by Raja Ugrasen,the forefather of the Agrawal community.He got this Baoli(step-well, an underground structure)constructed in order to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability.
- It measures 60 m along north-south,50 m wide at the ground level.
- Has been built with rubble and dressed stones.
- Sits quietly in the heart of the city:)