Rani Ki Vav - The monument which is used in 100 Rupees note




If you are in Ahmedabad and have few days to explore places around this part of Gujrat, it makes sense to plan a day tour to Patan to witness these wonderful stepwell called Rani Ki Vav, which is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Rani Ki Vav is also popularly known as largest stepwell in Gujrat state of India. This blogpost shares some photographs of the stepwell, it's different stages, entry ticket fees details, timings and other interesting things to see around Rani ki Vav along with details of places you can skip & save time to do something better during your trip in Gujrat. 


Timings of Rani ki Vav are from 8:30am till 7pm everyday with some holidays which should be checked on official website before planning your visit. The place is maintained by Archeological Survey of India and their website would list latest details around timings and ticket pricing.     There is an entry ticket for Rani ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat. Entry fee is 40 INR for indians and 600 INR for foreigners.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - One day Trip around Ahmedabad - Adalaj ni Vav, Modhera Sun Temple, Patan's Rani ni Vav & Gandhinagar

Timings of Rani ki Vav are from 8:30am till 7pm everyday with some holidays which should be checked on official website before planning your visit. The place is maintained by Archeological Survey of India and their website would list latest details around timings and ticket pricing. 

There is an entry ticket for Rani ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat. Entry fee is 40 INR for indians and 600 INR for foreigners. 


After getting the ticket, you have to walk for 2-3 mins around well maintained lush green lawns and then there is a space from where you have to just follow the stairs to get down to the stepwell and appreciate it's grandness & beauty.     There are authorised guides available at Rani ki Vav in case you are interested in knowing about the history associated and some interesting facts, which can be appreciated in much better way when you are there.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Exploring old Ahmedabad on foot

After getting the ticket, you have to walk for 2-3 mins around well maintained lush green lawns and then there is a space from where you have to just follow the stairs to get down to the stepwell and appreciate it's grandness & beauty. 

There are authorised guides available at Rani ki Vav in case you are interested in knowing about the history associated and some interesting facts, which can be appreciated in much better way when you are there. 


The stepwell is divided into seven levels of stairs which lead down to deep circular well. A stepped corridor is compartmentalized at regular intervals with pillared multistory pavilions. The walls, pillars, columns, brackets and beams are ornamented with carvings and scroll work. The niches in the side walls are ornamented with beautiful and delicate figures and sculptures. There are 212 pillars in the stepwell.    Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Interesting tour of Hutheesing Jain Temple

The stepwell is divided into seven levels of stairs which lead down to deep circular well. A stepped corridor is compartmentalized at regular intervals with pillared multistory pavilions. The walls, pillars, columns, brackets and beams are ornamented with carvings and scroll work. The niches in the side walls are ornamented with beautiful and delicate figures and sculptures. There are 212 pillars in the stepwell.


Rani ki Vav is a stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat state of India, which is located on the banks of Saraswati river. This stepwell was rediscovered in 1940s and restored in 1980s by the Archaeological Survey of India. It has been listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites since 2014.    Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Modhera Sun Temple - A Brilliant Place to see in Gujrat, India

Rani ki Vav is a stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat state of India, which is located on the banks of Saraswati river. This stepwell was rediscovered in 1940s and restored in 1980s by the Archaeological Survey of India. It has been listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites since 2014.


Rani Ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat is a finest and one of the largest example of its kind and designed as an inverted temple has seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels, more than 500 principle sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery.    Related blogpost from Gujrat - Panoramic Views of Modhera Sun Temple, Gujrat (India)

Rani Ki Vav in Patan town of Gujrat is a finest and one of the largest example of its kind and designed as an inverted temple has seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels, more than 500 principle sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery.


The closer you look into the carving and correlate it with when these carvings were made, it makes you appreciate this beauty even better. If you are able to imagine, now try to think about the size of the space and the amount of carvings it has. It's truly mind blowing and amazing to think how much efforts were put in build a water tank.

The closer you look into the carving and correlate it with when these carvings were made, it makes you appreciate this beauty even better. If you are able to imagine, now try to think about the size of the space and the amount of carvings it has. It's truly mind blowing and amazing to think how much efforts were put in build a water tank. 


Above photograph is clicked from 3rd floor of the stepwell, which means 4 more levels to go down and explore the stepwell. Stepwell is closed beyond 5th level. Visitors are not allowed to go beyond 5th level of the stepwell, but there is a spot to view some of the details of other levels. The last level is magnificent but truly visible when you look at it from other top with wooden boundary. We shall talk about that soon in this post.

Above photograph is clicked from 3rd floor of the stepwell, which means 4 more levels to go down and explore the stepwell. Stepwell is closed beyond 5th level. Visitors are not allowed to go beyond 5th level of the stepwell, but there is a spot to view some of the details of other levels. The last level is magnificent but truly visible when you look at it from other top with wooden boundary. We shall talk about that soon in this post. 


As you go down, the depth of the stepwell increases but the grandeur keeps on surprising you after each step you take downwards. Above photograph is probably clicked from 4th level of stepwell from top and here you see only the top parts of different levels in layered manner. the extreme end of the photograph shows top of the core level (7th level of Rani ki Vav). This section is closed so you can't explore that well. It's mainly for restoration and ensuring that it's preserved well. Hope that ASI figure out a way to open this section for visitors in a way that things don't get damaged in that process.

As you go down, the depth of the stepwell increases but the grandeur keeps on surprising you after each step you take downwards. Above photograph is probably clicked from 4th level of stepwell from top and here you see only the top parts of different levels in layered manner. the extreme end of the photograph shows top of the core level (7th level of Rani ki Vav). This section is closed so you can't explore that well. It's mainly for restoration and ensuring that it's preserved well. Hope that ASI figure out a way to open this section for visitors in a way that things don't get damaged in that process. 


In above photograph, notice 2 folks on the top looking down at Rani ki Vav in Patan and the view from there is mind blowing. Next photograph is clicked from the same spot. If you are there and trying to have this view, don't climb up the boundary and better use your cameras to witness the view through digital advancements.    Rani Ki Vav is classified as a Nanda-type stepwell. It measures approximately 65 metres long, 20 metres wide and 28 metres deep. The entrance is located in the east while the well is located at the westernmost end and consists of a shaft 10 metres in diameter and 30 metres deep.

In above photograph, notice 2 folks on the top looking down at Rani ki Vav in Patan and the view from there is mind blowing. Next photograph is clicked from the same spot. If you are there and trying to have this view, don't climb up the boundary and better use your cameras to witness the view through digital advancements. 


Rani Ki Vav is classified as a Nanda-type stepwell. It measures approximately 65 metres long, 20 metres wide and 28 metres deep. The entrance is located in the east while the well is located at the westernmost end and consists of a shaft 10 metres in diameter and 30 metres deep. 


Rani ki vav of Patan is considered as the finest and one of the largest example of stepwell architecture in Gujarat. The architecture and sculptures is similar to the Vimalavasahi temple on Mount Abu and Sun temple at Modhera.      It is worth to hire a guide to know. You can negotiate with guide to pay 200-400 rupees for one hour. You will have to walk for almost one kilometer inside.

Rani ki vav of Patan is considered as the finest and one of the largest example of stepwell architecture in Gujarat. The architecture and sculptures is similar to the Vimalavasahi temple on Mount Abu and Sun temple at Modhera.




It is worth to hire a guide to know. You can negotiate with guide to pay 200-400 rupees for one hour. You will have to walk for almost one kilometer inside.

Above photograph shows a special view of the core of the stepwell. There is a walking trail at the top this stepwell which revolves around the boundary of the stepwell. This photograph doesn't show the real depth which was hard to capture well, given how this walking trail is built. and this photograph shows 3 levels from core of Rani ki Vav in Patan, Gujrat.

Above photograph shows a special view of the core of the stepwell. There is a walking trail at the top this stepwell which revolves around the boundary of the stepwell. This photograph doesn't show the real depth which was hard to capture well, given how this walking trail is built. and this photograph shows 3 levels from core of Rani ki Vav in Patan, Gujrat. 

Unfortunately Rani ki Vav, which is such great architectural monument is not that well known in India. How could the size of stone underground was estimated 800 years ago without modern technology is hard to imagine. Then the entire complex underground being carved from top to bottom with sculptures and layers of stone pillars makes this monument very unique. Certainly worth visiting while in this part of Gujrat state in India.

Unfortunately Rani ki Vav, which is such great architectural monument is not that well known in India. How could the size of stone underground was estimated 800 years ago without modern technology is hard to imagine. Then the entire complex underground being carved from top to bottom with sculptures and layers of stone pillars makes this monument very unique. Certainly worth visiting while in this part of Gujrat state in India.


If you are in Ahmedabad and have few days to explore places around this part of Gujrat, it makes sense to plan a day tour to Patan to witness these wonderful stepwell called Rani Ki Vav, which is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Rani Ki Vav is also popularly known as largest stepwell in Gujrat state of India. This blogpost shares some photographs of the stepwell, it's different stages, entry ticket fees details, timings and other interesting things to see around Rani ki Vav along with details of places you can skip & save time to do something better during your trip in Gujrat.

There is very good landscaping done around Rani ki Vav and we noticed some groups doing picnic around the shade of these huge trees planted in the complex. I love this part that ASI pays equal attention to landscaping and keeping the place green apart preserving the history.

There is very good landscaping done around Rani ki Vav and we noticed some groups doing picnic around the shade of these huge trees planted in the complex. I love this part that ASI pays equal attention to landscaping and keeping the place green apart preserving the history. 


If you are in Ahmedabad and have few days to explore places around this part of Gujrat, it makes sense to plan a day tour to Patan to witness these wonderful stepwell called Rani Ki Vav, which is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Rani Ki Vav is also popularly known as largest stepwell in Gujrat state of India. This blogpost shares some photographs of the stepwell, it's different stages, entry ticket fees details, timings and other interesting things to see around Rani ki Vav along with details of places you can skip & save time to do something better during your trip in Gujrat.

Overall we loved our visit to Rani ki Vav in Patan and then headed back to Gandhinagar to spend some time around the famous Akshamrdham. 

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