Since I was travelling with a small group , we hired a cab for the day to take us to the temple & on our way back we covered another restored archeological site- Adalaj ni vav (step well) . The drive to the Modhera was quite comfortable, with highways in Gujarat being the best in the country and had vast fields of the seasonal plantation. The best time to visit this part of the country will be in winter months from Nov-Feb, as temperatures can be quite high in summers.
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This is nothing less than an architectural marvel that can be found 15 kilometres away from the capital of Gujarat along the National Highway. The Adalaj Vav is a step well that is known for its great design and one needs to descend down a flight of steps in order to reach the water level. The well was built by Queen Rudabai in the year 1499 and it runs pretty deep. The main part of the well is five storeys deep and the walls leading down are carved with intricate designs and motifs. This is one spot you simply cannot afford to miss when in Gujarat.
Rudabai Stepwell Aka Adalaj Stepwell
Adalaj ki Vav is a stepwell which was built by a king for his queen some 500 years ago. To reach there, we walked back to Subhash bridge from Sabarmati Ashram and then took a shared auto upto Adalaj on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway. Again we walked upto the step well which is around 5-600 mtrs of walk. The stepwell has a very interesting architecture. It goes upto 5 story deep and you can walk all the way to the lowest level, where it is all dark and the water smells, however the architecture is to be praised as it must have served as an awesome source to preserve water back in the era. After exploring Adalaj Step well for about two hours, and having breakfast, we then started for Akshardham Temple.