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Gandhak ki Baoli

Location: About 100 meters south of Adham Khan's tomb in Mehrauli village

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in south Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat


Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: about 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

About 100 meters south of Adham Khan's tomb in Mehrauli village, Gandhak-ki-Baoli is one of the largest step-wells or baolis in and around Mehrauli. It was built during the reign of Emperor Iltutmish, the founder of the Slave dynasty. The baoli is known as Gandhak ki Baoli because of its waters smell like gandhak, which means sulphur. Also known as diving well, the baoli has a five-tiered structure with a circular well at its southern end. The well was earlier used by the local residents for sporting activity, such as diving for amusement. However, at present, the well along with the Baoli has dried up and is in state of neglect.

Visitors need to be careful while viewing the well at the southern end, as it is very deep and the ground is uneven.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Dargah Qutb-Sahib, Hathi Gate & Zafar, Jamali Kamali Mosque, Adham Khan's tomb, Qutab Minar, Rajon-ki-Bain & mosque.

Nearby Places to Eat: Thai Wok Ambavata Complex, Osaka Aurobindo Marg, Red Snapper Aurobindo Marg and a number of roadside food stalls are there nearby to the Qutb complex.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Ambavata Shopping Complex, Mehrauli, Hauz Khas Village, Sahara Mall and DT Mall in Gurgaon.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01