Photo of the week: A stepwell in India fit for a queen

This famous Indian stepwell is the ‘Rani ki Vaav’ or ‘Queen’s well’ in Patan in the western Indian state of Gujarat. It is said to have been built in the last quarter of the 11th century.
The well was re-discovered only as late as 1958 when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began excavations.

It has magnificent sculptures carved into its walls all along the sides and the pillars. But I did worry about the fragility of the stone because in many places the details of the sculpting looked like they have been sandpapered over which could be because of the exposure to the elements and perhaps the occasional vandal as well.

The well is surrounded by a grassy park where you can loll under the shade of a tree or enjoy the evening breeze. When we visited, a little winged creature in the area had gained notoriety because a board warned us, “Alert for Big Honey Bee.”

Read more about stepwells in India and Pakistan.

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2 Responses to Photo of the week: A stepwell in India fit for a queen

  1. Anjali says:

    Hi al, recently we visited this magnificent fort called Bidar Fort In karnataka. I have to tell you, history can be so enthralling sometimes more so when you are visiting these really really old monuments….I felt like the people of that palace/fort came alive when I was there
    There were some wells there too, to protect the residents of the fort from strangers, the funda was that the wells were like traps and strangers who where trying to trespass or attack would fall right in. I dropped a stone inside through a small crevice and the bloody well still has water! Its been there for 800 years!….I had goose bumps, I simply cannot forget the sound of that stone hitting the water …deep, dark, musty and mysterious….SImply awesome…
    If only that history teacher of ours “thiagarajan” is it? could have made history a little more interesting for us! The next destination on my travel map is going to be forts of Rajasthan….apparently they are like none other….hmmmm

    • alaphia says:

      Yes it was Thyagarajan. Funny thing is, when she did make an effort to teach us something, I found her interesting. However, she very rarely made the effort. Traveling fast and furious in India then? Forts of Rajasthan sounds brilliant.

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