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WHS having architecturally or historically significant Stepwells

"Stepwells, also called bawdi or baoli (Hindi) ..... or vaav (Gujerati) are wells or ponds in which the water can be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected, and are often of architectural significance. It can be multi-storied also in which a bullock turns the water wheel ("Rehat") to raise the water in the well to the first or second floor." (Wiki - )

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Connected Sites

  • Champaner-Pavagadh Link
  • Chan Chan: large, deep, walk-in-wells Link
  • Fatehpur Sikri Link
  • Hampi Link
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan: Kumhalgarh - "Langan Baori, a 15th-century step-well" (Wiki)
  • Rani-ki-Vav
  • Red Fort: "The discovery of a Tughlak era baoli in the Red Fort has been the subject of much debate. How come a 14th Century step-well exists in a fort built by Shah Jahan in the 17th Century? Baffling for some but it must be remembered that the Red Fort was built on the ruins of an old Afghan fort....." For more see  Link
  • Rock Islands: Ulong Village contains several stone features, including a ... walk-in well on the beach flat (nomination file)
  • Rohtas Fort: Has 3 step wells - "Bari (Main) Bowali: It is in the middle of the Fort for soldiers, elephants, horses etc. This Baoli has 148 steps (now 134 left due to filling of mud). Each step is 20 cm (8 inches) wide. The upper portion has been cut in stone. It has three arches that span the length of the baoli."
  • Sukur: "unique stone-built conical walk-in wells"


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