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Rani Ki vav
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rani Ki Vav is the oldest and the grandest stepwell in the state of Gujarat. It is situated at Patan and is believed to have been built during 1022 to 1063 AD. The construction was completed by the widowed queen Udayamati. She was the wife of King Bhimdev I, son of Mularaja, the founder of the Solanki dynasty of Anahilwada Pattan. It is a richly sculptured monument and a major tourist spot in Patan. The size of the Rani Ki Vav is so huge that the tourists appear to be ants climbing an anthill.
Reviewed March 11, 2013

I am glad that while staying at Bajana, watching wildlife at LRK, they suggested me to visit this Stepped well. I do not know if any such step well is found anywhere outside Gujarat. The carvings on the walls and pillars are wonderful similar to the carvings in Halebeedu in Karnataka. The place is about 175 km from Ahmedabad. The well is seven level deep and probably bating Ghat for the Queen. The ASI board says it was built during 11th century and probably built by Rani Udayamati. Locals pay an entry fee of INR % and others need to pay about INR 25/-

9  Thank Sharatchandrahc
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Stepwells are not very common outside Gujarat and Rajasthan so if you're visiting you must see one and the 11th century Rani ni Vaav (Queen's step well) is one of the best.
The well is seven levels deep with exquisite carvings on the side walls and pillars.
The step well is at Patan which is about two and a half hours drive from Ahmedabad. You can plan a day trip to visit Patan and the Sun Temple at Modhera. It can also along with the Sun Temple be visited on a stopover to or from Ahmedabad to or from Udaipur or slightly off the way to or from the Little Rann of Kutch.

8  Thank percyvakil
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The sculptor is mind blowing. ASI has preserved this well. It was probably constructed during the Solanki dynsaty by Rani Udayamati. A stepped corridor (well) compartmented at regular intervals with pillared multi-storeyed pavilions is a unique feature. The four pavilions which demarcate the stages along the descent have multiple storeys, two, four, six and seven respectively. This place needs to be popularised. Approx 140 kms from Ahmedabad. Carry your food since options are very limited. In case you are driving, please do not go through the Patan city since the market area is very congested. Instead take the by-pass (road condition not good -approx 4 km stretch) to the monument. There is also the Patan Museum on the way. Not many visitors to this museum.

8  Thank DobraCesta
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

If there was a rating better than 'Excellent' on tripadvisor, I would have given it to Rani ni Vav.

Tucked away in the sall town of Patan it is a rare gem. I didn't know about it before I started for Patan. I was going there for the Patola. But I am glad someone told me about it on the way.

This 7 storied richly carved stepwell was buried underground until the 1980s. Only when ASI dug it out did people realise that Tajmahal isn't the only symbol of love. King Bhimdev got this ornate well made for his wife Udaymati in the 11th century. Sadly he died just before it could be completed so the queen finally got it completed and dedicated the well to his memory.

The 27 mtrs deep well is at the far end and is intricately carved well unto the depth. It is a Unesco world heritage tentative list site since 1998.

The steps are made in such a unique fashion that you do not tire of climbing them. Every step you take is in complete sync and rhythm of the body so that you just do not run out of breath while ascending.

The carvings on the walls as well as inside the depths of the well makes amazes you at all the hard work that has gone into making it. Especially because it is made of sandstone which is brittle in nature.

They say that before the Gujarat earthquake one could go down all the 7 floors but now it is not so stable as you go down. SO they have put barricades in between.

6  Thank Vandana N
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I won't write about the history of the step well here..'cause really you should see this for yourself and learn about this for yourself. Every section of this step well is so well thought out and beautifully carved (by hand, no less). The handicraft involved in this step well is so amazing. This is a great place for pictures. Also, be sure to go around to the back and look into the well for a great treat. The step well itself is in Patan and it can get quite hot, so choose when you go there wisely because it can get really hot there. The unfortunate thing is that the step well was quite damaged by the earthquake in 2001 so you can only go so far into the stepwell. Be sure to be considerate about the damage to the stepwell and don't climb on to structures that you shouldn't be on- you may contribute to causing more damage to the stepwell. The entry fee is really cheap and you have to pay for parking- but if you want to avoid that, you can always park on the street and walk in. If you want to park inside, get there early or in the evenings. The best time to see the stepwell is probably in the late morning, before noon. The site is accessible by car and I'm not sure if you can get there any other way. Also, pack a lunch when you go- Patan is a village, so you will not have any food options (although, you can get various kinds of produce on the way there for really cheap from the farms all around- depending on the time of year you go). There may be public restrooms, but don't expect them to be clean.

6  Thank ChandrasEve
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