Adalaj Stepwell: A Must Place To Visit Near Ahmedabad

Adalaj Stepwell
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Adalaj Stepwell is a popular tourist attraction located at Adalaj village in Gandhinagar district and 18 km north of Ahmedabad district. Over 200 such stepwells are reported in the semi-arid region of Gujarat alone but Adalaj stepwell is a prominent one because of its architectural marvel and interesting History.

Interesting History of Rudabai Ni Vav

Adalaj stepwell is also known as ‘Rudabai ni Vav’ (Rudabai’s well). in Gujarati and Marwari language, stepwell is called Vav or baoli. many stories and beliefs are associated with this architectural marvel but one of all seems perfectly fit. The history of step-well is established by an inscription in Sanskrit found on a marble slab positioned in a recess of the first floor, from the eastern entry to the well.

According to that, around 15th century Rana VeerSingh of the Vaghela dynasty of Dandai Desh started construction of a large well to mitigate the problems of water shortage. But before he could complete construction of well, his kingdom ‘Dandai desh’ was attacked by neighbour ruler Mohammed Begda. Rana Veersingh was killed in the war. Mohammed Begda fell in love with the beautiful queen. Rana’s widow, queen Roopba( or Rani Roodabai) wanted to perform Sati but Begda stopped her and proposed for marriage.

Rani Roopbai accepted his proposal with one condition that he has to complete construction of well first. Mad in love with the queen, he built well in record-breaking time. When construction was done in the year 1499, he reminded Queen to marry him. Queen who never wanted to marry him anyway, choose death by jumping in to well.

One version which is narrated in the 200 years old scriptures of Swaminarayan sect says before ending her life, she requested to a religious saint to perform Pooja so she can be delivered from her sins if any.

There are 6 tombs found near the well. The tombs are of six masons who built the well. Begda asked the Masons if they could build another same masterpiece when they agreed Begda sentenced them to death. Begda, impressed by the architectural significance of the stepwell did not want a replica to be built ever again.

Architectural significance of step-well

Adalaj step-well reminds us the typical architectural style of Solanki dynasty, built in sandstone. Five storeys deep, Octagonal shaped in plan from top view- Adalaj step-well is breathtaking. It was dug deep to access groundwater at a lower level of well, accounting for seasonal fluctuations in water level over the years.

Inside view of Step-well
From bottom of well to top

From the first story level, three staircases lead to the bottom water level of the well. Built along a north-south axis, the main entrance is from the south, other staircases are from the west and east directions leading to the landing, which is on the northern side of the well. Four small rooms-at each corner is at the landing level with oriel windows decorated with minutely carved brackets. Structural style is mainly Indian with traditional trabet with beams and lintels craved with a sharped chisel, but we can see the influence of Islamic style. Lower level construction is in Indian style and topmost is in Islamic style which also gives confirmation of its history.

The lowest level where well is situated is in square-shaped. Top plan of well is open to the sky. Well is constructed in such a way that direct sun rays can’t reach to bottom of well so that water can be cool. Even if u visit in the summer afternoon, you can experience this calm nature.

The entire structure is full of carvings, ornamentation and sculptures. The motifs of flowers of Islamic architecture blend very well with the symbols of Hindu and Jain gods carved at various levels of the well. everyday life scenes such as women churning butter, adorning themselves, the performance of dancers and musicians and King observing all these activities. to this day, local worship carved deities of well. There is a lot of space for people to gather on each level and traveller to stay at night in the absence of the hotel back then.

Surrounding of step-well

Beautiful garden cum open space is at the entrance of the main gate. Restoration of demolished portion and beautification is ongoing. the current entrance of well is through the village path. There is also a temple beside one of the gates of Step-well full- done with tiles work. One should also visit that temple, inside beauty is breath-taking

Tourist Information

Location :

It is located 5 km from Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat and 18 km of Ahmedabad. For Gandhinagar, railway station closest to the step-well. FOR AHMEDABAD: By roadAhmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir near Kalupur Railway Station and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat state transport buses and private operators to all the major destinations of the state. By rail: The main railway station is located in Kalupur area. If you are on the western side of the Sabarmati river, then you can go to the Gandhigram station near Ashram road to buy your railway tickets easily. By air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to international hubs. Numerous domestic flights are operational from here.

Timing and days :

6 AM to 6 PM. Open all day except government holidays.

Entry fees :

For Indian residents and SAARC citizen – 25/- and For NRI 300/-

Time duration :

It varies from person to person. Min. 15 minutes to maximum 1 hour.

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Do you need to book in advance to visit Adalaj Stepwell?

No We Don’t think you need to book in advance to visit Adalaj Stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell Timing and Entry Fee?

6 AM to 6 PM. Open all day except government holidays. For Indian residents and SAARC citizen – 25/- and For NRI 300/-

Adalaj Stepwell Distance from Ahmedabad

Adalaj Stepwell is a popular tourist attraction located at Adalaj village in Gandhinagar district and 18 km north of Ahmedabad district

Photography allowed At Adalaj Stepwell? what are the charges?

Yes its allowed. Good place for Photographer || You Don’t have to pay for Photography

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