Adalaj Step-well
Adalaj Step-well
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  • Yamuna Chengappa
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Ahmedabad
    Amazing place n an amazing view. Loved the architecture. It's easily accessible and a must see if ur in Ahmedabad even for a few years. You can lose urself here atleast for an hour or two.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Kunal
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Amazing architecture with old of history, yes you need to pay to see the building. 300 INR is only £2.90 ain’t going to break the bank all the money goes towards maintaining the well. If you’re in India it’s worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • The Travel Curry
    New Delhi, India194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gorgeous, must-visit stepwell
    Adalaj ni vav is also known as Rudabai Stepwell. She the queen who got the construction of the stepwell complete after her husband Rana Veer Singh was martyred in a battle against Mohd Begda. The latter offered to marry Rudabai, who was about to perform Sati. Rudabai agreed to the proposal on the condition that he should finish the construction of the stepwell that Ratan Singh had begun. The day the construction was complete, the queen jumped into the well, to join her husband in afterlife. The love story that ended in tragedy but gave birth to an enormous structure for the people of the region to fight drought. The entire structure has beautiful carvings of celestial figures, gods and religious legends. There are several stories in the stepwell, half of which is restricted for public entry. Interestingly the stepwell 's temperature is five degrees lower than the outside temperature! What a brilliant scientific construct from the 1498. The main well is covered and protected by a boundary- The exact spot where the queen supposedly killed herself. The whole stepwell is mesmerizing and a work of fine architecture. Adalaj is around 20km from Ahmedabad and 5km from Gandhinagar. We took an auto from Ahmedabad to reach this place and the auto charged Rs 150.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India6,315 contributions
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    Stunningly carved stepwell
    According to a Sanskrit inscription at the site, this stepwell was built in 1498 CE by a certain Ruda, the wife of Virsinh. Nothing more is mentioned about Ruda at this fine stepwell, which is today under the aegis of the Archaeological Survey of India. You enter at the main gate to the complex, where the ticket window is located (Rs 25 per Indian adult, Rs 300 per foreigner). The stepwell is set in an expanse of lawn, with a modern Hindu temple at one end (devotees coming to the temple can also walk through to the vav from the temple). The stepwell is an oblong shape, its architecture a combination of Gujarati-Maru and Islamic styles. When you enter, it's into an octagonal sort of 'vestibule', of very richly carved stone, from where you can follow the ranks of steps down to the well. Each set of steps is separated by rows of beautifully carved pillars, and at each end are equally ornate jharokha-like carved sections. At the end, where (now stagnant) water stands, there are stories of rather plain arches reaching upwards. Definitely one of India's great stepwells, this one is really picturesque. We visited on a weekend, when it got really crowded.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Prashant D
    Mumbai, India21 contributions
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    Adalaj ni vow, wow!
    Adalaj ni vow is a perfect place for folks who want to get mesmerized with the perfect view of stepwell. It takes you back to the 1500's where beautiful structures were built to conserve water for an entire town. There are a lot of places to sit around and enjoy and also several options for small food eateries & stalls. For Indian citizens the ticket was pretty cheap, not sure about foreigners. But it's worth going a while. In fact if you are lucky, you get to see some celebrities and influencers as well! In terms of timing of visit, peak hours of morning and evening are bound to have a lot of visitors, and yes forget your chance to get a solo pic with that kind of crowd :) Overall nice experience, worth spending a few hours but that's it!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
  • Gayathri J
    Chennai (Madras), India55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a gorgeous landmark
    Wonderful, intricate carving. Don't miss to take a moment to to enjoy the symmetric patterns on the walls. Definitely the place could do with some additional maintenance, but that doesn't make the place any less beautiful!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 March 2024
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Shalaaka Abijith
Mangalore, India257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Located 20kms from Ahmedabad city the stepwell is a must see place in Ahmedabad. The architecture and the carvings are truly beautiful. The carvings are made from golden sand stone.Entry ticket is ₹25 per person.
Written 18 February 2020
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gururaj_bn
Bengaluru, India189 contributions
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Dec 2019
The place has a mind-boggling architecture. The well (now closed with grill) is five levels below the street level. But, it is not a direct descent to the level where the well is situated. From street level, there are five levels of vestibules, with steps leading from one to another blow. The photographs posted here cannot describe the place properly. Mostly, the place of built from sandstone. The sculptures are very intricate, and clearly show Islamic influence. This well is the gift of a beautiful widowed queen to her people, at the cost of her own life. Her husband the King was defeated by a Nawab. The Nawab wanted to marry the widow. She imposed the condition that he must finish this well which had been commenced by her husband. The Nawab completed it in great hurry. On the day of inaguration, after performing puja to the well, the queen jumped into the well, denying to the Nawab any right over her!
Written 2 January 2020
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sourav das
Angul, India86 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Reached around afternoon. Entry is expensive. It is a nice heritage place with nice9 expansive lawns gardens around. Lot of places to click photographs. Lots of historic jhorokas intricately Carved pillars. Nice broad steps to go down. One can go to roof of each storey from the top but walking on ledges inside till roof is not allowed and there is discreet presence of security. The place is little crowded. One can bring in snacks available around like fresh Channa chur, fresh cut fruits like guaves both red and white, Dragon fruits, etc. It is quiet cheap. Overall nice visit with lot of photographes.
Written 13 January 2020
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P M V
Nagpur, India4,174 contributions
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Sept 2022
The Adalaj Vav.
In Gujrati and Marwar regions a vav means a stepwell. In the northern Hindi-speaking regions, a stepwell is called a bowadi.
In the arid regions of Gujrat, Rajasthan and Marwar where the water table is low, wells have to be dug to a considerable depth. Hauling water by buckets tied to a rope was back-breaking labour for the ladies and gents alike. Therefore many communities collectively constructed vavs or step wells where one could descend right up to the water level for bathing, washing and filling up drinking water to be carried to their homes. In many cases, wealthy families with a philanthropic bend of mind constructed vavs for the public good. They were built in stone with pillars and walls etc carved with amazingly beautiful designs, motifs and statues of Gods and Goddesses. More often than not such vavs were made up of various stories with large floor spaces, rooms etc at every storey. Such vavs became a focal point for community gatherings, celebrations and religious functions. These vavs were architectural wonders and in due course became well known for their beauty.
Adalaj vav is one such vav and so generally referred to because it is located in the village of Adalaj. The real name of the vav, as per the inscription found engraved on a stone in the vav is ‘Rani Dudabai’ Vav. As per history/legend, Raja Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty started its construction in 1555. His kingdom was attacked by Mohammed Begda a Muslim ruler of the neighbouring state. In the battle, Raja Veer Singh was killed. The vav could not be completed. It is said that Queen Ruda bai, wife of Raja Veer Singh was very beautiful. Mohammed Begda fell in love with the queen and wanted to marry her. As per the legend, the queen agreed on the condition that Mohammed Begda completes the construction of Vav. He readily agreed and completed the construction in a quick time. It is said that Once the unfinished project of her husband was completed, rather than marry the Muslim ruler the queen reneged on her promise and committed suicide by jumping into the well.
Queen Ruda Bai Vav is a five-storey octagonal construction with the well itself is circular in shape. The beginning of the stairs is flanked by two “Chabutaras” or raised platforms. The faces of these chabutaras are made up of intricately and beautiful geometrical engravings of trees and plants etc.
Octagonal sides of each floor had engraved latticed stone screens as safety railings. Hundreds of pillars, niches on the floors etc all are beautifully engraved and look very beautiful.
One can spend hours admiring the beauty of the engravings/carvings and still come away wondering whether he has seen all that was to be seen.
We took lots of pictures, spent maybe an hour and a half and bid good buy to Adalaj/Queen Ruda Bai Vav.
Written 22 October 2022
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Danesh R
331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Built in the late 15th Century the step-well is adorned with intricate carvings. It's 5 stories deep and at the bottom you do find water but their is also a stench. It has not been maintained well.
The story behind this step-well is also fascinating with the ruler starting the building of the well due to the semi-arid climate conditions in his area, then getting killed in a battle. The victorious Muslim king completed the well on the condition laid by the deceased ruler's wife that she will marry him after the well is constructed. However, upon completion she jumped into the well ending her life. A tragic end to this beautiful structure.
Great for clicking pictures and spending time on the surrounding grass.
Written 30 December 2021
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Pallavi
Ahmedabad, India75 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
This place is around one hour ride from Ahmedabad. Its indeed a great place of archaeological interest though not so big. This is basically a big step well built in olden days to meet water requirement back then. But somehow its overcrowded by locals so much making it look like a picnic spot more than a historical site.The stepwell has lot of stone carvings depicting many things regarding to Indian heritage and culture. Its indeed unique piece of architectural skill in 15th century with multiple beautifully carved facets but there is definitely lack of maintenance . It better to visit there in winters to avoid scorching heat of sun.
Written 16 March 2020
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Himanshu P
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
8/10 place
If you are history buff then only visit this place. heaven for photographers and guys be prepared to will click a million pics of your women. it's within the city limits, though you have to take uber/ola
The architecture is stunning and makes you feel how underrated are these stepwells as we have only appreciated the mughal architecture in the north.

not many good places to eat nearby.
Super clean place with washrooms.
Ticket priced at 20/-
visit in the morning or towards the evening and then head towards the river front.
Written 5 November 2021
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Vasant Sanzgiri
Mumbai, India189 contributions
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Feb 2020
This gem of a step well is 30 kms from Ahmedabad city tucked in the village of Adalaj. The same has been maintained well as a monument, but thee surroundings are very unclean. Just outside the entrance is a garbage dump! But all this ignored once you enter the monument. The old toilet was broken and the new toilet was being constructed, which is quite absurd. Worth a visit.
Written 9 February 2020
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mestrisachine
Pernem, India25 contributions
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Dec 2019
Best place to visit in ahmedabad, it is bit away from the busy city and is at distance of 30 mins from ahmedabad city.
Surrounding of well is neat and clean.There is one temple in the viscinity.
The Adalaj step well is the best example of the architectural sculpted craftsmanship.
The place is much cooler from inside than the outer atmos.
One can give a nice blend to their photography skills.
The entry is free of cost and is open for public from morning 7:00 am to evening 06:00 pm
Written 29 November 2020
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malvinaashok
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Liked the architecture.
In fact the day I visited this place, I saw so many students from school of Architecture trying to sketch the intricate carvings.. It was wonderful.
The step-well is nicely designed.

I think, the place can be kept more clean, the surrounding areas was as shabby as I had anticipated..
Beggers all over the place.

They have a ticket as entry fee.. So expected it to be far better kept.

Hope it improves..

But do visit, if you like to see history n old architecture.
Written 15 January 2020
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