When visiting my parents in Ahmadabad, I took my partner sightseeing in this incredible land, India.
One of the highlights of Ahmedabad is the Adalaj step well which is also known as Rudabai step well (in local language Adalaj ni vav).
The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple is also magnificent, but unfortunately they don’t allow any phones and cameras in the temple so we don’t have pictures to show. It is; however, a must-see if you are in the region.
Adalaj step-well is located half-and-hour away from Ahmedabad city, in a village called Adalaj in district of Gandhinagar.
The step-well is particularly striking because of its octagonal shape; it has steps going down through five levels of stone columns and walls, carved with stunning Sanskrit and Arabic script. It is five stories deep.
Such step wells were once integral to the semi-arid regions of Gujarat. They provided water for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colorful festivals and sacred rituals.
The temperature inside the well is about six degrees lower than in the outside so you will never want to leave. This encouraged the women who came to fetch water to spend more time in the cool climes here. They stayed in to worship the gods and goddesses, and to gossip.
But now it’s populated by pigeons and most of the area is restricted.
It is challenging to find a good photographer among the crowd, but we did find one 🙂
This is possibly one of the most glorious wells (or vav in local language) I have seen in my life.
As I’m stylist I styled my self in Indian dress and tied scarf borrowed from my mom in African style, I always love to experiment with my looks.
What I Wore
Pair of earrings : Forever New
Scarf : Fabindia
Dress : Locally sourced
Watch : Micheal Kors
Pair of Footwear : Cat walk
Until next time