Adalaj Stepwell

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Ahmedabad is the first heritage city of India.  To get this recognition, Adalaj stepwell also known as Adalaj ni Vav has played a major role. Located in a small village of Adalaj a few kilometers from Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

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A heritage Monument:

The history behind the stepwell:

Why this stepwell was built:

What makes it unique among other step-wells of India:

Best time to visit:

Other spots beside the stepwell:

Costs and Fees:

Places to visit Nearby:

A heritage Monument:  Adalaj stepwell is a heritage monument of India.  This is one of three step-wells of Ahmedabad.  UNESCO listed the Adalaj stepwell as a heritage.  

The history behind the stepwell:   Rana Veersinh of the Vaghela Dynasty started building the Adalaj stepwell in 1498.  Rana Veersinh could not complete the work as he was killed in the battle against the Muslim king Mahmud Begada. 

After the death of Rana Veersinh, Mahmud Begada met the widow Rani Rudabai and asked her to marry him.  Rani Rudabai accepted the proposal of the Muslim king but had put one condition and that was to first complete the remaining work of Adalaj stepwell to curb the water crisis. 

The king Mahmud Begada accepted the condition and constructed the Stepwell and completed.  Due to this reason, you will see there are two different styles of carvings and architecture on the walls of Adalaj Stepwell. 

Once the work of Adalaj stepwell was completed, Rani Rudabai jumped into the well of Adalaj stepwell and committed suicide.  She sacrificed her life for her people and hence the stepwell is also known as Rani Rudabai stepwell.

Why this stepwell was built:

The people of Adalaj village have to walk miles to fetch water for their daily needs.  The ruling kind of that period, Rana Veersinh decided to build a stepwell to overcome the water crisis for the people.  Also, to provide water to the traders who used to pass through the village of Adalaj for trading to another village.

What makes it unique among other step-wells of India:

One of the uniqueness of the Adalaj stepwell is that it has three stairs and all the three stairs meet in the first place in a huge square platform.  There is an octagonal opening on the top of the junction point. 

The other feature is that you will see the architecture as a combination of Indo-Islamic style.  The Islamic floral pattern as well as the Hindu Gods and Goddesses carvings on the walls.

You will also find the carvings of Ami Kumbh, which symbolizes the pot of water of life. Kalpavriksha, the tree of life and the Navagraha or the nine planets.

The researchers say that since there is an opening in the ceiling that allows the light and air to enter the stepwell, the temperature inside the stepwell is 5 to 6 degrees lesser compared to the temperature outside the stepwell.

Best time to visit:

Anytime between October to March is the best time to visit.  Since the western part of India remains hot during the summer.

For visitors, the stepwell is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The best time would be either early morning at 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm

Other spots beside the stepwell:

The surroundings of the stepwell have a well-maintained garden where you can sit and relax.  Also, there is a huge Banyan tree to take shelter for a while and take a selfie.

How to Reach There:

Local auto, as well as cabs, are available in plenty to take you to this destination from your hotel.

Places to visit Nearby:

You can take a cab and visit Trimandir which is very near and also can go to either Gandhinagar or Ahmedabad.  There are lots of places to visit both at Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad city.

Indroda Park, Trimandir, Gandhi Ashram,

Costs and Fees:

The entry fees are 25(INR) for Indian visitors and 50(INR) for foreign visitors.  You can carry your DSLRs or handy cams and take videos or pictures without any restrictions or charges.


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