Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, India

The sheer size of the Adalaj Stepwell in Ahmedabad is insane. Built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai, the Vav (step well) is several stories in depth and was intricately carved to meet its importance. It is a stunning piece of artwork. Upon our arrival to the step, we were a bit taken aback, as the outskirts of it is swarmed with people, indian style. There is a busy market next door, which is not for tourists really, but more for the small village the vav sits next to.

Before entering the vav, we made a stop at a beautifully maintained temple. Honestly, I am not sure which Hindu god it adorned, but it was vibrant and beautiful. After this short stop, we headed into the well; I found it stunning. Not only the history behind it (as the vav was used on ancient trade routes), but the design of it. I think the picture above captures what I can’t put into words. The designs on its walls and pillars include, leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other ornamental designs. Inside nooks and crannies, you can find both bats and people, both which have come to see this beautiful historical monument.

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