City Of Hearts

Connaught Place

Delhi is often called the “ दिलों का शहर ”( city of hearts). It’s a bustling place getting developed at a rapid pace. From having amazing architectural beauties to a glorious past to having some of the best educational centres to being the hub of every important thing, Delhi has been a city of dreams for many.

poster seller in delhi

I have visited Delhi seven to eight times prior to this but never thought that this city would become my home for the coming three years. I have always believed that a city is way more than its famous places, like Kolkata is way more than it’s Howrah Bridge and Victoria Memorial( refer: Grey Town) just like that Delhi is way more than India Gate and Qutb Minar.
This is my second week in the city and I had decided to explore it’s various attractions. Connaught Place( commonly known as CP) is a very famous place in Delhi which is the shopaholics paradise. There are almost all the brands available there one can think of. There are several vendors on streets selling miscellaneous items and mostly at a cheap rate( if you can bargain well). Two things that grabbed my eyes were the trademarked architecture of white buildings with symmetrical pillars and its a favorite spot for the photographers to crowd in.
Personally speaking, while travelling/touring I prefer a tight schedule. I would like to thank Roopkatha( a friend of mine staying in Delhi for more than an year now) for being my tour guide who got good photographs as her paycheck.

agrasen ki baoli unseen angle

 

| Agrasen Ki Baoli|

Agrasen ki Baoli by Roopkatha

Photograph:- Roopkatha Kar

Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen ki Baoli) 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.

Agrasen Ki Baoli exterior

I got to know about this place from Manish Bharadwaj who hails from Delhi and is a traveller. This place is of great architectural importance. This heritage site is said to be haunted and one must not visit this place after 5PM( you can but at your own risk) and is full of pigeons and bats.

Agrasen Ki Baoli Interiors

Tip: If you are visiting this place then wear a cap.

Agrasen Ki Baoli

Except the bird droppings and its awful smell, this is great place for photography and has some great architecture.
Outside Agrasen Ka Baoli there are some amazing Graffittis which do speak many stories.

Agrasen Ki Baoli raffitti

| Bangla Sahib ka Gurudwara |

Bangla Sahib Ki Gurudwara interior

Personally speaking, I always avoid visiting religious places but this time it was an exception. This place also has amazing architecture and is crowded with thousands of people. Sikhs believe in “ serving humanity” and people there actually do it. People stand in a queue to collect the shoe of others and some volunteer in serving water. The essence of religion and the omnipresence of divinity reverberates inside the serene structure of the gurudwara. The lilt of the holy songs that are sung by them is soothing and warms the heart. I really liked the place. Every Gurudwara has a small place that is filled with water before entering the premises and one has to cover their head with a piece of cloth to show reverence to the Almighty. I was taken aback by the beauty of this simple place and overwhelmed by the sense of peace it gifted me from my visit.

Bangla Sahib Interior

Devotees Serving

 

Holy Water place in Bangla Sahib

Devotes Praying

I am just a one week old fledgling who is learning to make a home in the Capital. Every week I plan to go and explore the city and let it happen to me, little by little. There is something so beautiful about discovering places, stumbling on great frames and witnessing the sun setting behind keenly visible minarets as history and magic spins it’s web around me. Join me as I take you through my experience of this ‘दिलों का शहर ,दिल्ली  ‘.

 

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