Adalaj Ni Vav - A must visit place around Ahmedabad, Gujrat

While in Ahmedabad city of Gujrat, we planned a day trip tp Patan for seeing UNESCO World Heritage site Rani ni Vav which is also used on Indian 100 rupee note. On the way, we also thought of taking a detour through Adlaj ni Vav, which is a beautiful stepwell and a popular tourist place in Gujrat. This blogpost shares more about Adlaj ni Van, what makes it special, tips to make this trip special and a lot more, which some surprising facts.

While in Ahmedabad city of Gujrat, we planned a day trip tp Patan for seeing UNESCO World Heritage site Rani ni Vav which is also used on Indian 100 rupee note. On the way, we also thought of taking a detour through Adlaj ni Vav, which is a beautiful stepwell and a popular tourist place in Gujrat. This blogpost shares more about Adlaj ni Van, what makes it special, tips to make this trip special and a lot more, which some surprising facts. 


Adalaj Ni Vav is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad city and in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat state in India. Adalaj ni Vav was built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh by his wife Queen Rudadevi. It is a fine example of Indian architecture work and a fantastic attraction for tourists visiting this part of Gujrat.    Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Exploring old Ahmedabad on foot

Adalaj Ni Vav is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad city and in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat state in India. Adalaj ni Vav was built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh by his wife Queen Rudadevi. It is a fine example of Indian architecture work and a fantastic attraction for tourists visiting this part of Gujrat.


There is a entry ticket fees at Adalaj ni Vav. Above photograph shows the ticket counter which is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. Entry Fees for Adalaj ni Vav is 25 rupees per person and no extra charges for cameras. The Entry fees is different for foreigner tourists.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - One day Trip around Ahmedabad - Adalaj ni Vav, Modhera Sun Temple, Patan's Rani ni Vav & Gandhinagar

There is a entry ticket fees at Adalaj ni Vav. Above photograph shows the ticket counter which is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. Entry Fees for Adalaj ni Vav is 25 rupees per person and no extra charges for cameras. The Entry fees is different for foreigner tourists. 


Adalaj village has a temple which is just in front of main road and there is a small road going in parallel to the temple. One needs to take that road as the entry gate is on back side of this temple in Adalaj. There is decent parking place for 5-6 vehicles in front of entry gate of Adalaj ni Vav. If you don't find enough parking space, there is huge space around the road and in front of the temple to park your vehicle. Parking is free.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Interesting tour of Hutheesing Jain Temple

Adalaj village has a temple which is just in front of main road and there is a small road going in parallel to the temple. One needs to take that road as the entry gate is on back side of this temple in Adalaj. There is decent parking place for 5-6 vehicles in front of entry gate of Adalaj ni Vav. If you don't find enough parking space, there is huge space around the road and in front of the temple to park your vehicle. Parking is free. 


Above photograph shows the view from bottom of the stepwell at it's core. You can see circular structure which is exactly at the core where water body used to be there. It's dry as of today, but this is the spot where water used to be there. You can make out that Adalaj Stepwell has 5 levels. The architecture is beautiful at each level and there are plenty of things worth observing and debating. We didn't have any guide at Adalaj ni Vav and we sort of missed that.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Modhera Sun Temple - A Brilliant Place to see in Gujrat, India

Above photograph shows the view from bottom of the stepwell at it's core. You can see circular structure which is exactly at the core where water body used to be there. It's dry as of today, but this is the spot where water used to be there. You can make out that Adalaj Stepwell has 5 levels. The architecture is beautiful at each level and there are plenty of things worth observing and debating. We didn't have any guide at Adalaj ni Vav and we sort of missed that. 


The Adalaj step-well is a popular tourist attraction of the Gandhinagar city and is situated approximately 18 kilometres from Ahmedabad city of Gujrat. Adalaj ni Vav is 5 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.    Related blogpost from Gujrat - Panoramic Views of Modhera Sun Temple, Gujrat (India)

The Adalaj step-well is a popular tourist attraction of the Gandhinagar city and is situated approximately 18 kilometres from Ahmedabad city of Gujrat. Adalaj ni Vav is 5 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.


Ahmedabad is well connected by road, rail and air links with the rest of the country. The international airport at Ahmedabad, known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport, has flights operating to several countries. Gandhinagar is the railway station closest to the stepwell. We visitied Adalaj ni Vav from Ahmedabad city of Gujrat.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Rani ki Vav, Patan - Largest Stepwell & A UNESCO's World Heritage Site in Gujrat

Ahmedabad is well connected by road, rail and air links with the rest of the country. The international airport at Ahmedabad, known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport, has flights operating to several countries. Gandhinagar is the railway station closest to the stepwell. We visitied Adalaj ni Vav from Ahmedabad city of Gujrat. 


Here is a photograph clicked from 3rd level of Adalaj ni Vav. This is a photograph of roof which you see after getting down to 3rd level of the stepwell. Each level has some beautiful structures around pillar, roof & floor.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Visiting Bapu in Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

Here is a photograph clicked from 3rd level of Adalaj ni Vav. This is a photograph of roof which you see after getting down to 3rd level of the stepwell. Each level has some beautiful structures around pillar, roof & floor. 


Above photograph shows a small carving design on a wall, which is looking like a jharokha which has lost some of it's elements. Although ASI is maintaining this beautiful Stepwell but it seems some damage is still happening at this space.     Related blogpost from Gujrat - Vadodara - One of the best places to visit during Navratris to enjoy Garba    The motifs of flowers and graphics of Islamic architecture blend very well with the symbols of Hindu and Jain gods carved at various levels of the well. The dominant carvings on the upper floors are of elephants. The Islamic architectural style could be attributed to the Muslim king Begda who built it. The walls are carved with women performing daily chores such as churning of buttermilk, adorning themselves, scenes of performance of dancers and musicians, and the King overlooking all these activities.

Above photograph shows a small carving design on a wall, which is looking like a jharokha which has lost some of it's elements. Although ASI is maintaining this beautiful Stepwell but it seems some damage is still happening at this space. 


The motifs of flowers and graphics of Islamic architecture blend very well with the symbols of Hindu and Jain gods carved at various levels of the well. The dominant carvings on the upper floors are of elephants. The Islamic architectural style could be attributed to the Muslim king Begda who built it. The walls are carved with women performing daily chores such as churning of buttermilk, adorning themselves, scenes of performance of dancers and musicians, and the King overlooking all these activities.

Above photograph shows blue sky of Gujrat through roof-top of 2nd level at Adalaj ni Vav. I loved clicking some of these photographs with my phone camera at Adalaj ni Vav. The whole structure looks awesome and every level of the stepwell is unique. The deep you go, better you appreciate the architecture and the grandness of these stepwells.     A tribute paid to the rich underground structures, which are intricately decorated with sculptures, is that they are said to resemble palaces.

Above photograph shows blue sky of Gujrat through roof-top of 2nd level at Adalaj ni Vav. I loved clicking some of these photographs with my phone camera at Adalaj ni Vav. The whole structure looks awesome and every level of the stepwell is unique. The deep you go, better you appreciate the architecture and the grandness of these stepwells. 

A tribute paid to the rich underground structures, which are intricately decorated with sculptures, is that they are said to resemble palaces.

The sunshine on that particular day made our visit even more special. I love capturing shadows along with multiple colors showing character of the space. This photograph is clicked at top level of Adalaj ni Vav in Gandhinagar district of Gujrat.

The sunshine on that particular day made our visit even more special. I love capturing shadows along with multiple colors showing character of the space. This photograph is clicked at top level of Adalaj ni Vav in Gandhinagar district of Gujrat. 

Above photograph shows roof-top of the Stepwell in Adalaj village of Gujrat. Tourists are allowed to access this area but it's important to be careful as some of the levels don't have cover on the top, while some of the levels have iron nets covering their tops. Above photograph also shows nearby temple at Adalaj.

Above photograph shows roof-top of the Stepwell in Adalaj village of Gujrat. Tourists are allowed to access this area but it's important to be careful as some of the levels don't have cover on the top, while some of the levels have iron nets covering their tops. Above photograph also shows nearby temple at Adalaj. 

The temperature inside the stepwell of Adalaj is said to be about five degrees lower than the outside hot summer temperatures. This encouraged the women who came to fetch water to spend more time in the cool climes here. They stayed to worship the gods and goddesses and gossip.

The temperature inside the stepwell of Adalaj is said to be about five degrees lower than the outside hot summer temperatures. This encouraged the women who came to fetch water to spend more time in the cool climes here. They stayed to worship the gods and goddesses and gossip.

Above photograph shows just the entry of Stewell rooftop with green lawn in the background. Step wells like the one in Adalaj were once integral to the semi-arid regions of Gujarat, as they provided water for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals.

Above photograph shows just the entry of Stewell rooftop with green lawn in the background. Step wells like the one in Adalaj were once integral to the semi-arid regions of Gujarat, as they provided water for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals.

We loved Adalaj ni Vav in Gandhinagar district of Gujrat and recommend it if you have time to explore places around Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar. Please drop your questions, suggestions in comments section below.

We loved Adalaj ni Vav in Gandhinagar district of Gujrat and recommend it if you have time to explore places around Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar. Please drop your questions, suggestions in comments section below. 

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