Baoli between Nahargarh Hills & Nahargarh fort

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Baoli at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan,  India

It is located between the Nahargarh hills at the Nahargarh Fort. It was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734. The fort is destination of one of the major tourist attractions of the Pink city. Nahargarh fort was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh and later renovated by doing some additions by the successors of Sawai Raja Jai Singh. The fort was renovated in the 19th century and some splendid features were added to the magnificent fort. The older parts of the fort though have withered and lost its charm by the times but the new additions are charming and captivating till date. The Nahargarh Fort is exquisitely constructed. It was used as the retreat for the ladies of kings and maharajas. This is a two-storey building which has suites for the king and his twelve queens.
Bawdi also called Stepwells or baoli, or vaav is there. These are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. Deep trenches into the earth were built by the builders for dependable and year-round groundwater. Walls of these trenches are lined up with blocks of stone, without mortar, and stairs were made which reaches down to the water.
This Baoli is a major part of the Nahargarh Fort which one must see while visiting the fort. To see this stepwell, you need to take a left to go to the side of the fort before entering the fort. The traditional architecture of this baoli, when seen from the front of it, makes this place a must-visit. The Baoli has unique features in it as there is no symmetry in the design and many more. The steps are built in such a way that it will collect the water from the hill side of the Nahargarh Fort. The steps looks crazy almost like waves rolling down the hill side.
The Baoli and the Fort at Nahargarh are not as old as they were built in 1700s. This Fort was a Defense Fort which was never used. The Nahargarh Fort and the Baoli are also used for shooting movie as it is an adventurous site. The scenes of Aamir Khan’s movie in the year 2006 Rang De Basanti was filmed at the same Nahargarh Baoli. Because of the movie shots, this Baoli has become a best place for hangs out.
In a steep well, there are some ornamental and architectural features which are mostly associated with dwellings and other rural areas. Baoli is usually divided into two parts: a vertical shaft from where water is drawn out and the inclined stairways which provides access to the well. The walls of the surroundings are carved out in such a way that the water remains cool during hot summers.

Jal Mahal – Water Palace

 

 

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Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

A beautiful palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.

Moth

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Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths; and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which are yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

Ram Yantras – Jantar Mantar

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Ram Yantras, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Ram Yantra, as it represents by its name, is an instrument, which is very helpful to the astronomers to find out the zenith distance and the altitude of the sun. The beauty of the instrument is, that it gives us direct readings. Basically the instrument consists of two circular stone building. If we unite them together, it becomes one instrument. This way one is complimentary to the other. They are constructed at a reasonable distance. In the center of the instrument a perpendicular rod is fixed, which is of the same height of the building itself.

Twelve stone triangles are fixed above the ground. These triangular stone slabs are graduated from 90 degree to 45 degree, while 45 to 0 degree the graduations are on the circular wall. This is an instrument by which we come to know the movement of stars.

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Ram Yantras, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

The Ram Yantra consists of a pair of cylindrical structures, open to the sky, each with a pillar or pole at the center. The pillar/post and walls are of equal height, which is also equal to the radius of the structure. The floor and interior surface of the walls are inscribed with scales indicating angles of altitude and azimuth. Ram Yantras were constructed at the Jaipur and Delhi observatories only.

Panaromic – Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen ki Baoli)

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Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi, India

Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen ki Baoli), designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen.

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This Baoli, with 108 steps, is among a few of its kind in Delhi. The visible parts of this historical step well consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides. From an architectural perspective, this step well was probably rebuilt during the Tughlaq period. However, the oldest existing Baoli in Delhi, the Anangtal Baoli located in Mehrauli, which was also known as Yoginipura, was built in the 10th century by the Rajput King Anang Pal II of Tomara dynasty. Anang Tal literally means reservoir provided by Anang Pal of the House of Tomar.

Regarding the name Agrasen Ki Baoli it should be stated that, in 1132 CE, an Agrawal poet named Vibudh Shridhar mentions, in his work Pasanahacariu, a wealthy and influential Agrawal merchant of Dhilli named Nattal Sahu, who was also a minister in the court of King Anang Pal III. Rebuilding the old Agrasen Ki Baoli would have been within the means of a well established and wealthy Agrawal community during the 14th century.