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“Beautiful stepwell”
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Rani Ki vav
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Private Tour: Patan Modhera Day Trip from Ahmedabad
Ranked #24 of 769 things to do in Gujarat
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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.
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“Beautiful stepwell”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

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!

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is one of the best ARCHITECTRUAL AND SCULPTURAL MONUMENT i have seen. The CARVINGS AND SCULPTURE are out of this world.. It is in the interior of Gujarath on the way to PATAN And no one should miss this great place.
RANI KI VAV means QUEEN'S STEPWELL. It is nine storey step well FULL OF CARVINGS, The pillars are great and one has to see each of the carvings and sculpture.. It is a great place and we enjoyed it a lot..
According to the history there is a 30 KM TUNNEL which opens into the nearby SIDDAPUR town. IT SEEMS THE KING USED THIS TUNNEL TO ESCAPE IN THE TIMES OF DEFEAT.
There is a huge park and you can have a nice picnic in the park. There are huge trees in the park.

Visited February 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“This vav is really Wow!!!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

hidden in the interior of gujarat, this vav is certainly one of the best architectural and sculptural monument you wil get to see in gujarat. Very much like the title, you will definately say wow in your first glance. When you enter the complex, you see flat green manicured gardens and suddenly...the 9 storey deep intricately sculptured step well appears out of nowhere. Must see place for all art and architecture lovers. Takes almost 3 hrs from ahmedabad and roads are good for driving. People going there can also schedule visits to the famous patola saree weaving workshops of Patan to see the intricate art of weaving the unique saaree patterns.

Visited November 2012
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New Delhi, India
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“architectural splendor”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Rani na vav-the 11 century step well at Patan, about 100Km from Ahmedabad, is truly an architectural splendor. This elaborately ornate structure is now an ASI monument and if something as grand as this was in any other country of the world it would have been marketed as the star attraction on the tourist map.
Patan is the ancient capital of Gujarat and the town itself is in a sad state of neglect. The hype of a developed gujarat seemed to have bypassed its ancient capital. Isnt it a shame that the CM is from the same district.?

Visited July 2013
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Pune, India
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“A must visit place”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

- needs about 3 hours
- going in a hired car is the most efficient way to visit
- Also visit the Modhera Sun temple and Sahasraling Tank (which is just half a km) from Rani ki Vav when you go there.

Visited July 2013
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