5) Red Fort Baoli
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandini Chowk, Delhi
Nearest Metro: Chandni Chowk
The Red Fort Baoli is mostly hidden because not many know it even exists, but its one beautiful structure.
It is made of an L shape and has chambers from all four sides. The perfect Masonry is visible in this architecture. Situated inside the Red Fort, it tells tale like no other.
This Baolis chambers were used as Prison cells by the British Empire to lock Indian soldiers. Etched in the stones are the names of the Commanders and soldiers who were captured and locked in this Step Well.
6) Baoli of Nizamuddin
Location: Nizamuddin Dargah complex
Nearest Metro Station: JLN metro station
This is another Baoli which is in use till date and is used as a Swimming pool for the locals who live around the Nizamuddin Village. This Baoli has been known to have special medicinal properties due to the present of Sulphur in the water.
During the British rule, the use of the Step well declined as the British found them to be unhygienic and unsanitary for bathing and drinking.
7) Rama Krishna (R.K.) Puram Baoli
Location: Sector 5, R. K. Puram
Nearest Metro: AIIMS
This Baoli is a part of other group of monuments in the same area and is famously known as the Wazirpur Complex Monuments. There are Tombs and Mosques with a garden surrounding this Baoli.
It is hidden in plain sight since the construction of modern buildings has seemed to shadow the monuments over a period of time.
Its construction is different in a sense that it holds two Turrets at the east side (domed towers)
8) Baoli of Qutub Sahib
Location: Dargah Hauz Kaki, Mehrauli
Nearest Metro station: Central Secretariat
This is situated very nearby the Gandhak ki Baoli in Mehrauli. Definitely visit the Dargah of Qutubddin Bakhtiyar Kaki.
Gradually it is being realized that the ancient forms of architecture, not only were a showcase of craftsmanship but made a lot more ecological sense. The way water has been stored and circulated from these step wells, we definitely have a lot to learn.
9) Ferozshah Kotla Baoli
Location: Ferozshah Kotla Fort, Bahadur shah Zafar Marg, Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan
This Baoli lies inside the fort complex of Feroz Shah Kotla. The Baoli is mostly kept under lock and key since it still acts as a reservoir and is used to water the gardens.
It is believed that every Thursday the doors of the Baoli are opened (by unknown forces) and people from all over the country come here to offer their prayers to Djinns.
What are Djinns you ask? Well that’s a very vast topic. They are definitely not Gods neither Ghosts but are known as messengers. They are believed to be granting wishes of the devotees. Well you can write a letter to the Djinns and you might just get what you wished for.
10) Tughlaqabad Fort Baoli
Location: Mehrauli – Badarpur Road, Tughlaqabad
Nearest Metro Station: Tughlaqabad
This Baoli is situated inside the Fort ruins of Tughlaqabad and is surrounded by dense Jungles. Take the Guard along with you if you plan to visit this one. There are no specific trails since only the ruins are left. But nonetheless since it’s inside the Fort premises, the fort itself was a magnificent structure and worth a visit.