The Adalaj Stepwell or Rudabai Stepwell is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, near the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. It is a beautiful example of Indo-Islam fusion architecture work.
The Adalaj step well or ‘Vav’, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories deep and has served as a resting place for hundreds of years for many pilgrims and caravans along their trade routes. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five-storey stepwell is a beautiful example of Indo-Islam fusion architecture work.
Light and air enters the step well through an opening in the ceilings above the landing. The temperature inside the well is supposed to be six degrees cooler than the outside.
It is said that people would come to the step well in the mornings to fill their pots and carry water home. It was therefore a place for the villagers to get together and spend sometime chatting and gossiping.
Step wells were integral to the semi arid regions of Western Indid, especially Gujarat, providing water for drinking, bathing and washing. These Vavs as they are called in Gujarati also acted as venues for festivals and rituals.
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