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Step Wells near Ahmedabad- A tale of Women, Water & Life

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Stop At: Rani Ki vav, Near the Patan Highway, 384265 India

We have many monuments in India built by Kings in memory of their Queens. Rani ki Vav is a rare memorial for a King built by his Queen! This 7 storied Step Well is a world heritage sight for its incredible engineering and craftsmanship. Located on the banks of the Saraswati River, it is designed as an inverted temple with the central theme around the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, highlighting the reverence for water. With more than 500 sculptures from the Hindu pantheon of Gods, Rani ki Vav is arguably the most extravagant water storage system in the world!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sun Temple, On Becharaji Highway, Modhera 384212 India

We will first visit a 11th century temple built for the Sun God. This magnificent temple was built by Bhimadeva I of the Solanki dynasty in the year 1026 on the banks of the river Pushpavati. The design of the temple is incredible. Located on the Trop of Cancer at 23.5 degrees latitude, the Sun Temple gets lit-up by the first rays of the sun on the summer solstice every year. The temple is built on a lotus shaped structure and is adorned with carvings from epics like Mahabharata, Ramayana and Kamasutra. Suryakund is the Step Well next to the Sun Temple and has a 108 temples in it!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Patan Patola Heritage, Kalika Road Patola House, Opp.New Kalika Mandir, Patan 384265 India

The Patola Saree weaving is magic in action. In todays Instant World, the Patola Sarees are a step back in time. One single Saree is made by 4 weavers over a 100 days. We will visit Patan to see a few weavers in action. The Sarees at Patan are Double Ikat, the most sophisticated weaving style in the world, in which both warp and the weft are resist-dyed prior to weaving.

Duration: 1 hour
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