Badi Baoli Stepwell

Badi Baoli Stepwell is located  on the premises of the Qutb Shahi tombs, one of the first to come up near the entrance is the Badi Baoli (step well), built more than 400 years ago by Sultan Qutb-ul-Mulk, the first ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.

The huge quadrangle edifice, which looks like anything but a well has been brought back to life after a part of it had collapsed due to heavy rains, whose conservation was supported by Tata Trusts, that was revived to its former glory from the brink of total collapse.

The Badi Baoli, that literally translates as the 'big stepwell' is one of six historic stepwells located at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park.

Since its restoration in 2016, almost 2 crore liters stored in the Badi baoli have been used for construction and irrigation projects.

“The six baolis, and one well, are strategically placed around the tombs so all the rainwater can drain into them. Over the years, a lot of alterations were made to the grading levels. Therefore, during our efforts, we placed trench drains and catch basins to ensure that rain water reached the wells,” said Yoshowanth.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in association with the Telangana Department of Heritage has been working on restoring the Qutb Shahi tombs to their full glory for the past many years. The six baolis Badi, Hamam, Bagh, Western, Idgah and Eastern are all fully restored.