The Adalaj Vav is the most spectacular step-well excavated. It is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes, and ornamental designs. It was built in 1499, to provide water, and a cool and relaxing venue for social interaction, in pillared galleries. The chieftain and his family would have had the closest access to the pool, and then the lesser mortals in decreasing rank up to the highest level. The actual well would have been available to all for the provision of water in this arid landscape. A remarkable place to visit.
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