Adalaj ki vav: A step-well with Indo-Islamic designs in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

A resting place for travellers and an architectural marvel


December 23, 2016

/ By / Gujarat

Set in the quiet village of Adalaj, this seven-story step well is a marvel of architecture in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Historically, the well used to serve as a resting place for hundreds to pilgrims and caravans who travelled along trade routes.

With an Indo-Islamic architecture and design, Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, built this stepwel in Gujarat in 1499. Structured to be an ideal resting place, the well seeps in sufficient air and light through its numerous small windows .The temperature inside is cooler than the outside.

It is believed that in ancient times, villagers would come here every morning to fill water and offer prayers.

This one-of its-kind step well has three entrance stairs which meet at its first storey leading to a huge square platform. It also has a huge octagonal opening as its top.

Media India Group visited this famous tourist attraction and brings to you a first-hand experience of this marvel, which demonstrates the diverse cultural ethos of a time gone by.



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