Just outside the bustle of the city, in the small village of Adalaj, you will find this beautiful, ancient stepwell. The walls and pillars of the water source are decorated with beautiful sculptures so that you are guaranteed to look your eyes out. The historic building is known as Gujarat’s most beautiful stepwell and is, therefore, a must-see when in Ahmedabad!
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ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL ADALAJ STEPWELL IN AHMEDABAD
The stepwell was built in 1498 by the Hindu queen Rudadevi, in honor of her husband Rana Veer Singh. He had started the construction of the water well but died shortly afterward in the war. The queen decided to complete the work and was helped by the Muslim king Mehmud Begad. He then fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. The queen agreed, on the condition that the king would complete the construction. When the stepwell was finished, however, there was no wedding, as the queen committed suicide by jumping into the water source.
The structure, which has five floors and is made of sandstone, has a predominantly Hindu architecture, with various images of Hindu and Jain gods. But due to the help of the Muslim king, there are also Islamic influences in the stepwell, especially on the upper floors
In Gujarat, the stepwell is called “Vav”, which means that the stairs lead to a water source. This water has been used for centuries as drinking water and for washing. Festivals and sacred rituals were also often held.
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The stepwell is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and access to the water source is free. Since Ahmedabad has become a UNESCO World Heritage City, a large part of the building has been deposited so that it does not get damaged, so you can only walk up the stairs and unfortunately cannot go up.