Adalaj ni Vav

By Toplocal on Aug 19, 2014


Adalaj ni Vav is a name derived from the abbreviation ‘Vav’ which means step well in Gujarati and Adalaj is the name of the village in Ahmedabad. Built in 15th century, a stone structure was constructed to provide water to the people residing in the village. There are many step well constructed in the state of Gujarat with a reason to store water during rainy season.  Adalaj Step well is known for architectural embellishments that symbolizes than Muslim Rulers.

Located around 18 kilometers from the city of Ahmedabad and five kilometers from Gandhinagar, Adalaj Step well is on the priority list for varied tourists from across the globe. Its rich architecture, beautiful carvings and extensive history are the key attractions for any visitor. Adalaj Step well is recognized as a historical architectural masterpiece in Indian history.

The step well is accessible through steps formed circularly, also has a temple to worship the queen’s idol and hardships of artisans. According to the history, craftsmen who carved beautiful sculptures were forcefully pushed in the well by the rule of king. If you visit, you might come across many such stories from the villagers across.

The step well was built on the caravan trade routes to provide water to travelers passing by the village. Adalaj ni Vav depicts the importance of dug wells in social life of people in this semi arid state of India. Due to its fascinating carvings, these days Adalaj ni Vav is a heritage site that is popular for photography amongst the students of the city. 

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