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“Fantastic is an understatement : Not to be missed ornately carved step well”
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Rani Ki vav
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Ranked #3 of 833 things to do in Gujarat
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rani Ki Vav is the oldest and the grandest stepwell in the state of Gujarat. It is situated at Patan and is believed to have been built during 1022 to 1063 AD. The construction was completed by the widowed queen Udayamati. She was the wife of King Bhimdev I, son of Mularaja, the founder of the Solanki dynasty of Anahilwada Pattan. It is a richly sculptured monument and a major tourist spot in Patan. The size of the Rani Ki Vav is so huge that the tourists appear to be ants climbing an anthill.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Rani ni Vav or the Queen's Step Well has just become a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site - and most deservedly so.

This is easily doable as a day trip from Ahmedabad, combined with Modhera and Adalaj. We did all three very comfortably on our way from Bajana (LRK) to Ahmedabad.

I had read articles about this site and always wanted to see it. I am so glad we did.

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer number of ornate sculptures of idols and figurines in this step well. From the entrance on top it looks just like another excavated ruin. As we descended the broad flight of steps, the carvings gradually came into view. From the second landing which is about as far as the general public may go, the entire carved interior wall comes into view. It is indeed mind boggling.

The structure has been excavated and is still in the process of being restored so presumably some parts of it are not structurally sound enough to take the huge load of hordes of visitors and this is perhaps why the public is not permitted to go beyond a certain point. There are many more carvings beyond but for that you need special permission from the ASI.

Serious photographers would do well to carry a tripod and go at the appropriate time for the best light.

We spent a few hours here, if the entire structure were open then a whole day may not be enough! I was imagining how the craftsmen created their masterpieces in this structure. So muchreligious art in a well, as though to honour water as divine.

Other attractions in Patan a sleepy little small town are the Sahastra Linga site very nearby and the Patola saree weaving workshops.

I rate this as a not to be missed experience whether you are interested in historical ruins or not. This is indeed the pride of Gujarat monuments. I am glad it has been recognised as a world heritage site.

7  Thank Gita-TA
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Visited while on the way to Kutch. Patan is a small town and nothing much but this place makes the visit valuable. The step well is mostly destroyed but what remains is worth seeing. Intricate carvings on the walls are very good. We took more than an hour to carefully see the whole place. They have made beautiful lawn around it and local come for a picnic. Public toilets, as in whole of India are pathetic. Otherwise everything is good about this place. Must see for history lovers. We also visited the Adalaj Vav in Ahmedabad which is a complete structure but quite plane. The Patan Rani Ki Vav, in-spite of the condition it is in offers many more sculptures / carvings to get an idea of the art which was once there in the country.

Thank jesrani
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Biggest Step Well in Gujarat. Superb monument !! Amazing Stone work.. Very well maintained.. Worth driving 125 kms from Ahmedabad..

Thank Vikas_kg
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

This step-well was preserved from Mughal destruction by being buried, and recently found and excavated by archaeologists, which accounts for its excellent state of preservation. Work on the preservation, and in some cases restoration (a debatable asset) is ongoing. The stepwell is six levels deep, and to stand at the top, ground level, and look down through the galleries is breathtaking. The primary well is at one end, and galleries in rectangular plan are heavily decorated. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near.

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We visited Rani ki vav in patan on our one day trip from Ahmedabad in which we covered Modhera and Patan. Both on these places have marvelous architecture on sandstone. Remember to take your own food and water.

1  Thank AmitVatsa
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