Adalaj Wav Step Well (built 1499)
The Adalaj Wav Step Well is located 18 kilometers north of Ahmedabad in the Gandhinagar district. It was built during the reign of Queen Rudabai, a muslim ruler. Though now dry, the well once provided water to weary travellers and pilgrims along the roads outside of Ahmedabad. The four-level well is dug directly into the water table, exposing fresh water that rose and fell according the seasons and the amount of rainfall. Its deep interior provided cool relief from the harsh Indian sun.
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Image adapted from the History of Architecture in India, by Chris Tadgell.
The approximate location of the well is 23.166657' N, 72.580243' E (WGS 84 map datum).
All images copyright 2001 April Clark, MArch graduate of Yale University.
Tadgell, Christopher The History of Architecture in India
Phaidon Press, Limited, 1990. Singapore