Rajon Ki Baoli

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Rajon Ki Baoli

News: Recently,Rajon ki Baoli (a stepwell and a reservoir in which water can be stored) in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park of Delhi, India, was in news.

• It was built by the Daulat Khan in 1516 (at the reign of the Ibrahim Lodi), meant to serve the needs of masons (Raj Mistri). The name ‘Rajon Ki Baoli’ comes from the masons who were living at the Baoli and using its water.
• The structure is described as a ‘U-shaped Baoli with its natural springs as source water’ and is an example of Indo-Islamic design.
• The stepwell consists of four levels. As of 1875, there were 66 steps, but now, due to the step wellbeing partly filled, there are three storeys and 41 steps.
• It includes a mosque with a chhatri (dome-shaped pavilion) and a grave, although it is unknown who is buried in the tomb.

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