Took us approx. 2.5 hours with small break to reach Patan from Ahmedabad. Patan used to be the old capital of Saurashtra (roughly what Gujrat is today). This is a beautiful step well built in 1050 AD. It has an interesting history behind, of how rani Udayamati built this temple (courtesy- google!).
the last stage of excavation was carried out by A.S.I. as recently as 1980s. It originally had 7 story step well with pillared pavilions at each story, only 5 remains now. You can't access the last 3 though since restoration work is on. There are hundred of sculptures of gods, goddesses, celestial dancers and of daily life. It seems the well was connected to the town through a long tunnel.
The entire place is serene, lush green, a welcome breather from the dusty town of Patan. We went on a Saturday morning, we were the only two tourists there other than a young couple who were probably busy in sweet nothing ;)
It's an architectural delight that thoroughly enjoyed!
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