Adalaj Stepwell, Gujarat, India


Details of the stone carved balustrade at the Adalaj stepwell (Rudabai stepwell) in the small village of Adalaj e close to Ahmedabad in Gujarat. It is a beautiful  example of Indian architecture work built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh  by his wife Queen Rudadevi.

Step wells like the one in Adalaj were once integral to the semi-arid regions of Gujarat, as they provided water for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals. Stepwells, also called stepped ponds, built between the 5th and 19th centuries, are common in Western India   with about 120 in Gujarat.  They were important stop over points for travellers on caravans along trade routes. The temperature inside the well is said to be about five degrees lower than the outside hot summer temperatures. This encouraged the women who came to fetch water to spend more time in the cool climes here.


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