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“Well With a Tragic History”
Review of Adalaj Step-well

Adalaj Step-well
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Private Tour: Full-Day Stepwells Tour from Ahmedabad
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Adalaj Stepwell, or Vav in Gujarati, is about 20 km out of city limits. There are buses to take you there, but you can just hire an autorickshaw, and pay the driver extra for the wait time.

The stepwell itself is breathtakingly large, and not at all what you would expect a well to be. Even as you go down five stories into its subterranean depths, you hardly realise that you are so much below ground level. This is because of the expanse of sandstone platforms surrounding the well shaft.

Everywhere there are intricate carvings, starting with the Riddhi-Siddhi Vinayaka carvings at the bottom of the well, just above the water. The motifs used in the other carvings higher up are mostly Islamic... stylized jasmine and chrysanthemum in typical vases, for instance.

The reason behind this blend of Hindu and Islamic design lies in a tragic story of love and war. The ruler who started building the stepwell was Hindu. He was defeated in a war by the Muslim king who took over the kingdom. Locals say that the new ruler fell in love with the Hindu queen who agreed to marry him on condition that the work begun by her husband was completed. It was, in 1499 A.D., with the older Hindu designs remaining untouched, but the new designs being Islamic.

The Rani then leapt to her death in the depths of the well.

Go up to the roof and you will find five graves. They say that this is where the masons are buried because the king did not want them to build any other stepwell equal to the Adalaj Vav.

Great place for photographs with all the jharokhas. You could take along a book and read for some time in the garden adjoining the well. Or sketch, maybe, though that would draw crowds. Look in the local papers for any cultural event that might be taking place in the gardens, and then you could have a two-in-one treat. Remember that it is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all through the week.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The step well is what it says, a whole lot of steps which terminate in a well which is hard to discern.Maybe a good thing as the visitors are pretty adventurous in their photography attempts Has a nice park but the gate from the step well side is unnecessarily locked

2  Thank drrakeshbhargava
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Over the years Govt of Gujarat is done well to clean the monument and bring it to its original charm. It is very near from Ahmedabad city center. It will take about an hours drive. Keep about 60/90 minutes to view entire structure

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

the vaav is spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architectural style, it is five stories deep. inside, the temperature is lower than outside hot temperature. the tomb has its own narration also. it was built near Vaav. Begda, the king, asked the Masons of Vaav that "Is it possible to build the siimiliar Vaav"?, Mason's was affirmative in reply, and the reply was the instant result of death for all the Masons. Actually Begda did not want a replica of this stepwell. if u are a tea lover, must drink a tea nearby stall, it was excellent.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

we surprisingly discover this step well, as it was not our part of our trip. no sign board, not famous as we have asked for this place many people and not easy to find out. but when we entered this monument..its amazing world inside, specially when just 100 mtr out side the road was crowded, dusty and littered..but inside this premises you will go in ancient era, this is amazing monument.. worth visit.. you will fall in love if you are ancient era lover..

3  Thank AnupNaik
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