Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It was added to the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014.
Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell, in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati river and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city.
An Ornately Carved Stepwell in the historical town of Patan of Gujarat State, Rani ki Vav, in other words known as the Queen's Stepwell takes you through the glimpses of 10-11th Century AD & showcases the power and art flourished under the reign of the Solanki Dynasty of Gujarat. It is an exceptional example of a subterranean water architecture with historical and religious figures as well as seven layer water storage capacity. It is an exemplary of architecture and technology and each sculpture of it has a different story to tell
“Stepwell Rani-ki-Vav has been approved for inscription on the World Heritage list. The recognition was granted by the UNESCO at the World Heritage Committee Session currently on at Doha, Qatar,” the Culture Ministry said in Delhi on Sunday.
Onroute-Patan,the Queens Bath ( Rani ni Vav) is where we are headed. An 11th Century, Solanki Dynasty step-well built by Udayamati in remembrance of her late husband Bhimdev,a recently declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. This step-well was flooded by the Sabarmati River and fully excavated by the ASI in the 80s. A step-well in its grandeur would be-fit the sets of THE DARK KNIGHT. A wounded Christian Bale rising from oppression. Nonetheless, this seemed like an area of leisure-worth long, no really long baths.
We left for Patan at 2.30 pm. Reached Rani Ki Vav at 3.30 pm. There was a huge garden surrounding the Vav. It is a Heritage site and maintained by ASI. (Exceptional example of a distinctive form of subterranean water architecture of the Indian subcontinent, the stepwell, which is located on the banks of the Saraswati River in Patan.Initially built as a memorial in the 11th century CE, the stepwell was constructed as a religious as well as functional structure and designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water. Rani-ki-Vav is a single-component, water management system divided into seven levels of stairs and sculptural panels of high artistic and aesthetic quality.
Recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this intricately built monument is a treasured experience for those who get to it. Built by a widowed Queen, Udaymati in memory of her husband Bhimdev I, ruler of the Solanki Dynasty, this magnificent step well is a little recognition short of being added to the historical wonders of India. It stands as a sort of an inverted pyramid and houses around 500 delicately carved sculptures of Vishnu, Kali and other Hindu gods and goddesses. The steps take you 27 m below the ground, with each step first leading you to pillared pavilions where you can admire its rich sculptures.Entry fee: ₹5 for Indians, ₹150 for foreigners.Opening hours: 8am to 6pmBest time to visit: November – MarchNearest railway station: Mehsana railway station is the closest to Patan, around 55km away.
UNESCO world heritage site called 'Champaner- Pavagadh archaeological park'- being called so due to the archaeological remains of this erstwhile capital of Gujarat- scattered in diameter of 6-7 km- ranging from many 15th century mosques & mausoleums, fort walls/ arches to Hindu and Jain temples (oldest belonging to 10th century) a step well and other minor buildings.
1. Champaner the heritage city
2. 7 pillars while climbing to Pavagadh
3. Visit pavagadh temple before 4 pm.
4. Come back & stay at the champaner heritage hotel
5. Visit Jambughoda jungle-- hathi matani temple,
6. Jhand Hanuman Temple
7. Stay in the forest eco resort
1. Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park, Gujarat: A UNESCO world heritage site, this highly underrated park is spread over a massive area of 3,280 acres. Dotted with palaces, mosques, temples, tombs, agricultural structures and step wells, this park is a true reflection of the resplendent beauty of Indian culture and architecture, and shows the influence of Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism on the art and architecture of the region. The pleasant weather in October makes it one of the best places to visit in October in India.
26th of December was the engagement and the trip commenced the day after! I had previously booked a room in Kutch for 28th so leaving me only one lag day to visit other places. Champaner is considered a world heritage site certified by UNESCO which is around 87 km from Anand. So I take a bus from Anand bus stop to Hallol. An auto or car will take you to Champaner. There are seven sites to visit, so booking a vehicle for the day should be the plan. A cab for the day costs around 1500 you may bargain further.The whole visit will take around 3 hours to complete. The driver drove to the Mataki Temple which is high up the mountain. A few stairs to climb, pay a fee of 113 for the return ropeway, stand in the queue and zooooooooooooooooooooom go up and up the ropeway only to find there is lot more climbing to do. There is a long walk up the slope and then a plight of steep stairs navigating up to the mandir!ON way back the Saat Kaman stands tall, its like a wall with seven arches on the slope of the mountain. Other places include the Jama Masjid (beautifully carved structure showcasing both Hindu and Muslim architechture, a must visit), Kabootar Khana, One minar Mosque and One eye Mandir!
It is said “Old places have soul” and those are unconditional words for Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in north-west India, and has archaeological remains that date from the 8th to 16th century.
Preserving a history of over 1200 years, this Hindu religious site with a dominating Muslim influence is a staggering evidence of the confluence of two varied cultures. Once belonging to the Solanki Dynasty, the area later fell under Sultan Mahmud Begadah in the 15th century. The entire park, with its forts, temples, bastions and archaeological mounds, is a full day adventure for any history enthusiast. The park is one of those historical places in India, whose sense of history and culture lie hidden under its over empowering religious importance. Don’t let the popular Kali Mata Temple on the Champaner hill stop you from exploring a soulful mix of 11 other temples, mosques, wells, tombs and granaries inside the park. This is easily your one-time peek into the diversity of the medieval India.Entry fee: ₹10Opening hours: 8.30 am to 5 pmBest time to visit: November – FebruaryNearest railway station: Vadodara is the nearest railway station, around 48 km away.