Beautiful Stepwell – Rani ki Vav

Beautiful Stepwell – Rani ki Vav

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.

We entered the garden and asked one gardener “where is vav”, he pointed in one direction. We moved but still could not see anything but then I noticed a 3-4 feet stone wall. So moved towards it and when I reached close to it and looked on the other side of the stone wall, the first thing I noticed that it is a deep structure. Finally, I realized the enormity of it and noticed it is very very deep.

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.

21 thoughts on “Beautiful Stepwell – Rani ki Vav

    1. It’s beautiful and photographs of mine had not did justice to the place.
      There is another Vav -Adalaj Stepwell, it’s just 14-15 kms from Ahmedabad. It’s also another beautiful place though not as big as Rani ki vav but very nice.

  1. 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 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. I think Vav is Gujrati word , actually this is Baoli ( Bawali in Hindi) . But this is a beautiful place to visit around.

    1. Yes, it’s a Gujarati word. Infect it is called “Rani ni Vav” there.
      Baoli is used in Rajasthan, Delhi NCR and it’s surrounding north India.
      Vav, baudi bawdi, bawri, baoli, bavadi are different names used in different areas of India.

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