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It is a complexly constructed stepwell in the town of Patan, Gujarat. It is located on the banks of the river Saraswati and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2014.
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There is Patan Patola heritage centre where Ikat work is showcased. Double ikat also called Patan Patola is one of the things Gujarat is famous for. You could go there to check the weaving process or to buy a souvenir for yourself. It will be a beautiful keep for sure. Read more about Patola and its history here.
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.
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.
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.
Day 2 early morning we left for the UNESCO world heritage site - Rani ki VavThe journey from Ahmedabad to Patan takes approximately 3 hours by road hence it is advisable to leave early morning.Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River.Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent, and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani ki vav was built in the complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures . Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th century AD kingBhimdev I by his widowed queen Udayamati and probably completed by Udayamati and Karna after his death.The stepwell was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati River and silted over until the late 1980s. When it was excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India, the carvings were found in pristine condition.It was added to the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites on 22 June 20146 floored structure with amazing carvings
“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.
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
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.