Stairwell To India


Are you a history buff? If yes, you'd want to add a touch of history in your travels too. Check out some of the greatest, ancient yet stunning stepwells before you plan your next trip.

Delhi Tourism

Photo of Agrasen ki Baoli, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Aahna

Located in the heart of New Delhi, Agrasen ki Baoli is close to the Jantar Mantar observatory, near Connaught Place and is one of the city's marvellous archaeological site. A 60-meter by 15-meter stepwell, with 103 steps, this site has made its way up after the movie release of 3 Idiots and PK. This stepwell is made of red stone and is highly protected by the Archeological Survey of India. It is also known as the most haunted place - So, I dare you to go here!


Photo of Rajon ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archeological Park Trail, Mehrauli Village, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Aahna

Situated in Mehrauli, Delhi, Rajon Ki Baoli is another famous monument in India with a very rich history. These stepwells are actually a proof of the erratic monsoons and was a need for conserving water in Northern India during medieval times. A grand structure both in terms of scale and architecture, there's a small mosque built right next to it too.

Photo of Shahi Baoli (Royal Stepwell), Machchhi Bhavan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India by Aahna

This Baoli is a popular architectural delight as it combines Indo-Islamic designs which makes your visit to Lucknow worthwhile. Raised around a large well, initially, this was dug as the water reservoir for the construction works. A must see site, travelers are welcome to throw a coin in the depth of the water for good luck. So, go ahead, walk to the open staircase that leads right to the deep well!

Gujarat Tourism

Photo of Surya Kund, Gangotri, Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India by Aahna

Surya Kund is a stepwell situated in the Sun Temple in Gujarat. As one of the ancient and largest stepwells in India, Surya Kund is also known as Ramakunda which has an intricate pattern of steps. The stepwell is quite wide consisting 108 miniature shrines carved on the steps and, an interesting fact is that '108' is considered an auspicious one for the Hindus too!

Photo of Pushkarani, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Aahna

As beautiful as other monuments in this historical site, Hampi Pushkarani is one of the picturesque architectures in India. Built in the 15th century, the ruins of Hampi is listed in the UNESCO world’s heritage sites. The uniqueness of this stepwell is the water filled by channel which is similar to the Roman architecture. Perfectly geometrical, your visit to this place will be worthwhile!

Photo of Peralassery Temple Pond, Peralassery, Kerala by Aahna

Peralassery Temple Pond is an unique site in Kerala and one of the magnificent heritage monument in India. The pond is very deep with many interesting carved stairs leading to the water at the bottom.

You will find many such stepwells in Rajasthan too, but a travel around some of these stepwells will simply amaze you about the shape and exotic design!

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