Step Well — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2A606
by ykanu
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
India
N 28° 37.570′ W 077° 13.505′

Have you ever heard of a stepwell? Mostly found in India, these impressive structures built as early as 400 CE served to ensure water during the harsh dry season. Today, because of their extravagance and ornate beauty, stepwells are beloved historical sites. If you’re ready for an adventure like no other, “step” into our Geocache of the Week with GC2A606 – Step Well!

Image by Newages.

This Traditional Cache brings us to the heart of India—the capital city of New Delhi. The city is jam-packed with famous stepwells, and tourists worldwide flock to admire them. Today though, we are here to explore Agrasen ki Baoli, a 200ft (60m)-long and 50ft (15m)-wide well named after a legendary Indian king. In the description of GC2A606, cache owner ykanu outlines the uniqueness of this area while providing useful information for our journey:

“It is among a few of its kind in Delhi. Some parts of the well, with 103 steps, were permanently immersed in water. The visible parts of this historical stepwell consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides. From an architectural perspective, this stepwell was probably rebuilt during the Tughlaq period.

The stepwell is designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958. Please note that there is no entry or parking fee to the monument… It usually opens between 9am to 5pm (entry not allowed after 5pm).”

 

Image by Bruno_Trecache.

With this insight, we can now form a proper game-plan and get the show started. When you arrive at GZ, be sure to take your time and revel in the glory of this site. As you descend the steps, you’re transported to a bygone world. Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and it’s this basic necessity that tethers us to our ancestors. Rejoice in the stunning architecture on display here; the intricate walls, high arches, and laborious bricklaying are sure to leave you with a profound impression.

Image by Karlusia.

Once you uncover the grandeur of Agrasen ki Baoli, it’s time to wrap up our journey with a smiley. On your way out, just beyond the well’s towering walls, look for a particularly large tree with another adjacent tree; you’re looking for a small container between the two. With a difficulty rating of 1.5, GC2A606 won’t be your most challenging find. Stealth, however, is always of the utmost importance when caching near muggle-dense tourist attractions. With a location this magnificent though, this cache is entirely deserving of the 91 Favorite points it’s accumulated over the years. New Delhi is an amazing city to cache in, and this is just a great place to start.

Image by kajoko1012.

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Eric is a Community Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. Among other things, he's passionate about animals, the outdoors, and reading.