Delhi's Baolis by Simon de Trey-White
12th October, 2012, New Delhi, India. Pigeons fly through a sunbeam in the well-shaft of the Agrasen ki Baoli in New Delhi as bats roost above them on the underside of the domed roof. Baoli's provide a great habitat for birds and bats.
At the turn of the last century, Delhi had more than 100 baolis, today, many of them have caved in or dried up owing to the declining water table. The number has shrunk to about 15, according to the ASI. Stepwells (Baolis) are examples of the many types of storage and irrigation tanks that were developed in India, mainly to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability.
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