I never believed that a step well can be so big ,until I saw this one. Beautifully constructed and with brilliant architectural work this step well is the Queen of all wells which is situated in Patan,Gujarat. Patan is about 127kms from Ahmedabad and about 34 kms from the Sun temple. You can go there after visiting the Sun temple at Modhera and then return to Ahmedabad.( if you want to catch a train or flight from Ahmedabad ).This step well built in third millennium BC comes under the UNESCOS world Heritage sites.
Please go to visit this place during the day time so that you can enjoy the beautiful carvings of this great archeological place. Also this place is situated in slightly remote/village area so turn on the GPS if you have. Or else be ready to ask the directions to the people in local language ( i.e Gujarati ) or Hindi.
The step wells in Gujarat and Rajasthan were built as it served many purposes. It was used to store water and this water was used for bathing and washing, provide shelter to the travelers from the scorching heat of the sun. In the past there were no hotels to stay and travelers used to spend some time over here. Such kind of wells were also called stopovers.
Women used to gather over here and have leisure time discussing daily routines.
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