Articles on and about stepwells, also called baolis and by other names. These are essentially wells in which the water can be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected, and are often of architectural significance. They are most common in the west of the country.
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Cosmology of Subterranean Architecture as Seen in Adalaj
An article by Shuichi Takezawa from The World of Indian Architecture exploring the symbolism inherent in a stepwell at Adalaj, Gujarat. [PDF] [PDF]