The landlord of the house where we are staying proudly leads us up a narrow stairway, past the two floors. The entire house is strewn with furniture of the kind we would exhibit with a view that generates a sense of envy in our neighbours. The walls are a veritable gallery of beautiful paintings and exquisite artifacts.
Adalaj ni Vav Ahmedabad or Adalaj stepwell was the first place we visited after landing in Ahmedabad the previous evening. We were staying in a Heritage house in old town and were advised to hire an auto to take us places to see in Ahmedabad.
I had heard about its magnificent carving but did not know it has a very interesting story behind it as well!
My instant reaction on seeing it was a “Wow” instead of Vav. 🙂
Adalaj stepwell or ‘Vav‘ or or ‘Vaav’ as it is locally called, is a five-storied beautifully chiseled step well in a small sleepy village Adalaj, about 18 km from Ahmedabad. It is intricately carved and is a fine example of magnificent architectural form. The designs as leaves, flowers, birds, fish, women performing daily chores, scenes of court and kings and other breathtaking ornamental designs on its walls and pillars have made Adalaj Vav a popular tourist attraction of the city.
I am back from a road trip to Ahmedabad. My first time in Gujarat. I did not read anything nor had any opinions about the city prior to my visit and that was the good thing about my trip. Here is my first impression of the city Ahmedabad.
Competing in the open…
1) The city is a mix of the old and the new. Though I did not see