Taken for Granted- ‘History of the ruins’

To not so my surprise, not just people but many buildings and spots are too are overlooked.  India is a hub of abandoned buildings which have their own great history and culture.  Popular sites by nature tend to receive enough attention, so why not to take some time out and make the standing sites visible and appreciate them.  Such seems to be the case of Badkhal lake.

Badkhal Lake was a former natural lake situated in Badkhal village near Faridabad, in the Indian state of Haryana, about 32 kilometers from Delhi. Fringed by the hills of the Aravalli Range this was a man-made embankment. A flower show is held every spring here. Its name is most probably derived from the Persian word bedakhal, which means free from interference. Close to Badhkal Lake, is the Peacock Lake, which is another picturesque spot.

This was once a large lake, where boating and other tourist activities took place. Migratory birds also used to visit the lake. As of May 2009, the lake is almost a completely dried up to leave only grassy terrain and the unusually low rainfall in the area has been cited.

But when nature and history meets commercial business, ruin is what we get along with destruction of history.  Certain mines surrounding the lake are also responsible for blocking the flow of water to the lake. A number of mineral water companies have also taken water from the lake for their own purposes.

In January 2010, the lake and the nearby Surajkund was filled up with water in conjunction with 2010 Commonwealth Games, however in March 2014, in a survey report released by the Delhi Parks and Gardens Society (DPGS), under the Government of Delhi’s department of environment, the lake was completely dry and completely dependent on rains for water. The report also revealed 190 of 611 water bodies in Delhi had also gone dry.

What used to be a great tourist place is now only a shelter for the slums and stray animals. Although, the place still looks pretty great, thanks to the locals or for commercial purpose, you may say. The place has been maintained. The pond has not been so.

The lake is beautiful to look at. The scenic beauty is so soothing and gives you a good sprint of nature. Of course, there are resorts and restaurants for the tourists, as nature wasn’t enough to be a main reason to visit.  Not many people are aware about the place and its beauty, one of those great sites, overlooked in the hush of commercialization.



image source- Google

Another almost abandoned place in Surajkund is Death Valley. Death Valley” is a collection of 7 abandoned mines, which later naturally filled with crystal blue water in Surajkund, Faridabad. Being a private property, it has been kept off the radar, from the public eye. Abound with flora and fauna; it also has ruins of historic structures going back to the Rajput era. Unfortunately, entry has been denied to many and especially the women; for the place being unsafe because of some goons residing illegally. Being totally uninhabited, and far from civilization, a treat for the loners.

Sadly many people have died, trying to venture out into swimming in these lakes, hence the name “Death valley’. The lakes as beautiful as they seem, are extremely deep and unsafe. Not much could be known about the history of valley because of time and entry restrictions. Although it is said that no one has been able to cross the seven lakes bounding Death Valley.


Image by- Mayank Nath

Another not so known destination is the Anangpur Dam. The Anagpur Dam, located close to the Anagpur village (also called Arangpur) in Faridabad district of Haryana, India, is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from the more famous Surajkund.

This unique Indian hydraulic engineering structure was built during the reign of King Anangpal of the Tomar dynasty in 8th century. Anagpal I moved his fiefdom to the south of the Aravalli hills, south of the present day Delhi at the far end of the 10th century. Within the boundaries of the present day Haryana, on the border with Delhi, they built the Surjakund reservoir near Surjakund village and another dam in its close vicinity near the Arangpur village as the Anangpur dam. It is said that Anangpal who built Surjakund and Arangpal (also known as the builder of Lal Kot, called the first city of Delhi) who built Arangpur dam belonged to the same dynasty but belonged in different periods.

The dam is approachable by road from Delhi from the Delhi – Mathura road. The ruins of the fortifications found in Anangpur village establishes by an inference that it was built by Anangpal as part of the Lal Kot that was developed as the first city of Delhi in the 8th century.


Image source- Google

A dialogue from one of my favorite movies,  Eat Pray Love

Ruin is a gift.

A reason to acknowledge these beauties? Because these are almost ruins.

Knowingly unknowingly these places have been ignored,

Their history is missing from the pages,

The books as proofs are lost,

And the beauty is behind cages.

A rich culture has been denied existence,

Another abandoned land to add to the list,

The broken ties and forgotten creations..





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