Delhi's Baolis by Simon de Trey-White
29th October, 2012, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India. Sameena Khan sits in quiet contemplation on the steps of the Gandhak Ki Baoli in Mehrauli. People often come to the baolis these days simply to think and meditate as they are little oases of calm amid Delhi's din and bustle.
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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