I was in Gujarat for 2 weeks with one of my friends and reached Ahmedabad in our last leg of the journey. We had kept 3 days for Ahmedabad and decided to visit some of the closes by places during these days. On the first day, we decided to go to Patan, where we had decided to see beautiful stepwell – Rani ki Vav, Modhera Sun temple and Patan town & its famous sari weaving unit.
We booked a taxi for the full day and started from Ahmedabad in morning. Once we left the city of Ahmedabad, the highway was in good condition till Mehsana. We stopped in Mehsana for breakfast. The road condition from Mehsana onwards was not in great shape but still manageable.
We reached Rani ki Vav by late morning. It was quite at that time and very few people were around. When I looked around, I could not see anything. The only thing visible was a big green park, where some gardeners were working and watering the place. Initially, I thought….. Oh my god, we came here after traveling for more than 2 hours and there seems to be nothing.
Rani ki vav was built in 11th century on the banks of river Saraswati but later on, river disappeared. It is stepwell, which was constructed as a functional structure with as a religiously designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water. Vav is a single-component structure for water management divided into seven levels of stairs. The side of stepwell has sculptural panels of high artistic and aesthetic quality on both sides of it. There are around five hundred main sculptures and around thousand minor ones of religious & mythological importance. The stepwell was flooded by the nearby Saraswati River and was silted over for centuries until the late 1980s. When Vav was excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India and the carvings were found in pristine condition.
I walked around and then descended to the bottom. The archeological dept had closed the last two floors due to security reason. I fall in love with the beauty of the structure and its uniqueness. It is queen of all Vavs and its name is appropriate as Rani ki vav 🙂
After roaming around and absorbing the beauty/peace of the place we left for the Modhera sun temple.