Visit this Heritage Place just two hours away from Ahmedabad
Attributes: Unusual Travel Places in India, Heritage
In the middle of this winter holidays who will not wish for at least a quick holiday trip to the nearest destination; Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Step Well) is a such a place you can refer then. Ravi Ki Vav is located in the town of Patan, which is approximately 130 Kms from Ahmedabad. The historical trace of this structure lies in the 11th century. It is believed that this memorial was built by the king Bhimdev I. For the cultural importance of this monument, UNESCO had added it to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2014.
Step Wells are a distinctive feature of subterranean water resource system in India, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Queen’s Step Well was constructed in the complex Maru – Gujara architecture style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds around 500 principle sculptures. This is a magnificent structure which is featured by a stepped corridor compartmented by beautifully carved pillars and multi-storied pavilions. It is one of the largest and most sumptuous structures of this kind. Though this has become silted up and most of it is not visible, some rows of the sculptured panels still remain perfect and proud. Many of the carvings and sculptured pillars tell the story of the designs of a beautiful era. The minute and exquisite carving and designs of this step well makes it befitting to be named as Rani ki Vav.
The step well is decently maintained and the atmosphere is serene too. The absolutely wonderful architectural detailing will leave you in awe. The phenomenal construction is
perfectly blended with history, culture, and tradition of an era. Another attraction of the place is the park with dense canopy, and the ambiance will keep your mind and soul relaxed.
Like, any other weekend spot the visitors are quite less on weekdays here. Desi or Videshi, the tourists mark this place a worth watching site in India. Rani ki Vav has bagged the title for the ‘Cleanest Iconic Place’ in India at the Indian Sanitation Conference, 2016.
Pack your snacks, and bottles of water to head to the grand structure of Queen of Step Wells in India. It really deserves more visitors. Those who love the ancient architecture, this is heaven you must visit while in Ahmedabad.
Address: Mohan Nagar Society, Patan, Gujarat
Author and Picture Credit: Abhilash John
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