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At Humayun’s Tomb complex, 17th Century baoli is given life

20 August 2019

Deep inside the Humayun’s Tomb complex and hidden by lush foliage is a 17th Century baoli (stepwell) — neglected for centuries and ignored by visitors. Early this year, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), with funding from the German government, began restoring the baoli, which was built during Mughal emperor Jahangir’s reign. Ratish Nanda, AKTC, said, “The baoli was in a ruinous state with a lot of cracks. We began restoration work in March. We have removed the structural cracks and are rebuilding the collapsed vaulted roof.” … This is a part of the AKTC’s ongoing restoration project at the Humayun’s Tomb complex, as there are at least 70 heritage structures inside. The baoli is expected to be restored by early 2020.