Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Step well) at Patan, Gujarat, illustrates what I call an absolutely wonderful example of the artistic and technological height of step well tradition.
History says Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or step well, in the 11th century in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The well is in the East West direction that measures approximately 64m long x 20m wide x 27m deep. The entrance is on the eastern side. Well, before the discovery of this well, the entire well was submerged within the ground until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest step wells in India, built-in Maru-Gurjara architectural style, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city with seven levels of stairs and more than 500 principle sculptures.
Enough with the history, now let me show you the awesome pics of this magnificent well:
How to get there?
Entry time & Fee:
Time: 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Fee: Fee is very nominal around Rs 5/- for Indians . However, for foreign tourists they charge more which makes a visit really annoying.