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.