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Agrasen Ki Baoli

Though not a part of Connaught Places' architecture, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a beautiful remnant of an era long forgotten. In the past the monument had other names. An old map dated 1868 at the National Archives of India in New Delhi, made by British officials, records the now-famous baoli's name as 'OojerSain's Bowlee.' The map shows another 'bowlee' to the immediate north-west of Agrasen Ki Baoli. It seems to have disappeared during the urban expansion after 1911, when the capital of India shifted from Calcutta to New Delhi. On the west corner of Agrasen Ki Baoli, above the flight of stairs, is a small mosque. Old photos and records have always shown the mosque as we see it today.There are stories that Agrasen Ki Baoli is haunted and that the 'black water' of the baoli invited people to jump into it and commit suicide. How much of it is true is actually difficult to say.