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.
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.
The town of Patan will set you in a time warp. The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ancestral aura and old-world charm from escaping. From medieval forts to an ancient Kali Temple built in the Solanki Dynasty, this settlement is bound to take you through the bygone eras.
Ran ki Vav or the Queen’s stepwell, is built on the banks of River Saraswati and has the unique most architectural attributes. The intricate geometric constructions with definite patterns leading down gradually are the hallmark of these stepwells. Spotless Jain Temples and numerous talavs or lakes are responsible for enhancing the glamour of this town. The Hemchandracharya Jain Gyan Library is the source of a large collection of ancient Hindu and Jain texts and scripts, perfect for those who are interested in a deeper understanding of Indian culture.
If you head towards the newer parts of the town, you will encounter the lively marketplaces. For those who aren’t aware of it, the recent trend of Patola saree has its genesis in the humble town of Patan. You can opt to stay at Hotel Tulsi or Jai Kishan Guest House.