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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.

Section view

Click on any of the red arrows to view that location.
Image adapted from the History of Architecture in India, by Chris Tadgell.

Section of Adalaj Step Well

Location

The approximate location of the well is 23.166657' N, 72.580243' E (WGS 84 map datum).

Bibliography:

All images copyright 2001 April Clark, MArch graduate of Yale University.

Tadgell, Christopher The History of Architecture in India
  Phaidon Press, Limited, 1990. Singapore


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Anita Jagdish Deshmukh posted on Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:52 am:

It was very cool place .Excellent carving in the step well itself.We had nice photographs at entry

Pradip Modi posted on Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:44 am:

Fantastic Vav od Adalad. I suggest that there must be a guide. There is no guide at that place. Public is comming but no guide it their. It is my humble request to make guide arrangenment at this historical place.

Ellivo Architects posted on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:34 am:

I love this Place, I want to come with my family on this summer.

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Shah Maunish posted on Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:58 pm:

Adalaj is good stepweel. I am coming fior Adalaj.

hitu posted on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:11 am:

adalaj is good place

raj posted on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:08 am:

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Nishi Jock posted on Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:22 pm:

While on tour of this beautiful well, i was told that all 5 levels, actually the entire structure was built without the use of mortar/cement... is this true?

hitesh posted on Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:17 pm:

ahmdabad to adalaj k.m

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aniket ingole posted on Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:56 pm:

fabbbb............

BENE ARASSAHÚ posted on Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:54 am:

A ÍNDIA É FANTÁSTICA...ADMIRO OS PRINCÍPIOS DE GRANDE MAHATMA GAHDI...

Sylvan posted on Sat May 26, 2012 1:37 am:

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anil tiwari posted on Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:35 pm:

Visted the place recently.Am in awe of the place.carvings are of high quality.Built by unknown people it is marvel.

jagubhai patel posted on Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:58 pm:

Dude This is a rocking place

Furniture Stores Brisbane posted on Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:06 am:

You have explained all the architecture in a good manner. Anyone can easily get all the locations with this structure.

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jitaditya posted on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:08 am:

Visited it a few years ago. Good archetecture and sculptures on the wall. Had soem good photographs.

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aditi posted on Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:14 am:

It is very nice place

Ashok Gokaldas Patel posted on Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:29 pm:

I am proud about Adalaj. Adalaj is my native.This town is a nice place to visit this step well. My father Gokaldas Patel wrote a book on Rudabai ni vav Adalaj. He wrote of things about Adalaj history. All Levua Patidar belongs to Adalaj.

Sumeet Yadav posted on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:46 am:

Its a very nice place to visit. One thing i didn't like bout it that the condition of the well is very bad. The concern should do something to clean the surrounding and the well too.

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Sumeet Yadav posted on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:40 am:

Its a very nice place to visit. One thing i didn't like bout it that the condition of the well s very bad. The concern should do something to clean the surrounding and the well too.

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RAJENDRA GURJAR posted on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:39 am:

WHAT A WONDERFULL STEPWELL OF ADALAJ IS !

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maneet posted on Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:05 am:

overview and diagrammatic study are fantastic.is there any closeup images of motifs also?

Rajendra Makwana posted on Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:40 pm:

i think that's so wonderful step well of world

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Rajendra Makwana posted on Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:35 pm:

i have saw the step well of Adalaj when AMITABH BACHCHAN's shooting was there

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viraj posted on Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:26 am:

we can arrange day trip for Adalaj daily..

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Viraj Patel posted on Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:24 am:

These is one of the wonderfull place in Ahmedabad.

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Jayadevan posted on Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:32 am:

Am also visited this place and great historical background, and you know how exciting was the journey.

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Dr Nayan Mali posted on Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:45 am:

visited Adalaj ni VAV (well). Found the stone carvings very beautiful, step well structure is unique. Most depressing to notice was condition of wells filled with stagnated dirty water stinking horribly. We can pump and clean the water, refill it? Lets have good historic site to visit. contact me for further info 9327412152

Kyi May Kaung posted on Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:06 pm:

Wow!

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PREYAS KANSARA posted on Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:39 am:

VARY NICE PLACE.

Reema posted on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:40 pm:

This is such a nice peaceful place

Chetan Thatte posted on Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:46 am:

visited the step well of Adalaj . I had never imagined such a wonderful monument. This just outstanding and I was highly impressed. BUT it was very SAD to SEE that people had SPIT TOBBACO ON ITS PILLARS AND IT IS IN A TOTAL MESS.with only just one old security guard to look after it.the Gujrath Government should consider the VAV TO BE A IMPORTANT TOURIST ATTRACTION.

Subrat Ku Nayak posted on Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:15 am:

I visited the step well of Adalaj yesterday with a local person who is a friend of mine. I had never imagined such a wonderful monument is there. This just outstanding and I was highly impressed. Today I searched through the internet and found many other information about this.

hira posted on Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:52 am:

its very well constructed ,

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Amisha PAtel posted on Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:45 am:

i am glad to got information about ahemdabad's heritage i think it was great plesure for me thanx yahoo