Delhi's Baolis by Simon de Trey-White
29th October, 2012, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India. Men from a small group of caretakers sit by a fire in the morning by Gandhak Ki Baoli in Mehrauli, The caretakers look after the tombs of Muslim saints right next to the baoli and have been doing so for 10 years
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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