Ran Ki Vaav- One of the largest step well of Gujarat
Ran Ki Vav is the outstanding step well of Gujarat located in the town of Gujarat. This well was fed by the waters of the Saraswati River and dried out when water became infrequent. Constructed by Queen Udayamati in the tender remembrance of her husband King Bhimdev I of Solanki dynasty, this remarkable piece of architecture is an awesome UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nostalgia of the previous glory is observed in the involved manner and statuettes of the expert craftsmen.
Rani-ki-Vav was erected at the altitude of craftsmen’s aptitude in step
It was verified that Gujarat had the most fanciful network of roads in India. However, what shocked me even more, was the efficiently preserved premises of Rani ki Vav. There were rambling green gardens nearby the area of the stepwell where a lot of Gujarati relations had come with their children to have some weekend fun. However, one could see large ribbons of green lawns being tremendously well kept and sparkling clean. The proud Indian compassion just went a notch higher 🙂
One of the finest specimens
Stepwells which were industrialized in the arid region of Gujarat and Rajasthan in Western India are some of the finest specimens of lingo-built heritage in India. In their earliest forms, nothing more than plain stones dwindling the sides of a sandy pit, hence the subversive passageway was kept as brief as conceivable. Gradually, architects devised the means to strengthen these structures and the corridors were expanded vastly in length and width. Other expansions included landings at regular intervals, domes with multiple storeys, and stepped passages, which to begin with were only an applied aide to the wells but later assimilated a character of their own. In this way, the modest village well, that omnipresent sign of human habitation, transformed itself into an outstandingly original and complex architectural form.
Ran-ki-Vav has grieved widespread harm in the past. There is an indication that repeated flooding of the Sarasvati River brought down the upper parts of the construction leave-taking substantial deposits of sand. Then, in the early 19th century, entire pillars and physical components of the upper storeys of the rotundas. Inundated by the river’s periodic deposits and despoiled of its visible remains, Ran-ki-Vav experienced neglect. Although its existence was known of, it received little consideration over the following century.
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Video link : Ran ki Vav
woow, I never knew about Ran ki vaav. Architecture of well is so beautiful.
Wells have always intrigued me. Waa so happy find out more about Ran ki vaav well. Its so beautiful, hopefully will visit in the near future.
Have heard a lot about Rann ki Vaav… Never been to Gujarat, will mark this post so I refer back to it during my trip next and plan to visit this place..
Thanks for this interesting history and architectural post. I have been to the Adalaj stepwells in Gujarat – that is very beautiful as well.
I have visited this place ..it is amazingly beautiful and rear architectural design. One must visit this place. thanks for sharing.
There are many such beautiful places in Gujarat. This place has a history and beauty of its own
Heritage holds a story and as well as excellent piece of architecture. Nice post
Rani ki vaav is aplace that is on my bucket list for a now long time though I was in Ahmedabad last year , couldn’t plan a trip. Your post makes me want to visit it even more! Wonderful read.
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Gujarat has many places unheard and yet rich in history. I was not aware of this stepwell.
Nice article…very informative to explore gujrat.
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Gujarat has many hidden places with a historical rich story behind them. I was not aware of these step well, looks an interesting place to visit.
Rani ki Vav is an historical place and I have visited it twice and yet I am in awe of it. It is very beautiful and huge. You have described it well.
I’ve been to this intricately designed and beautiful stepwell and would suggest people to visit this place if they have a keen interest in historic architectures. Nicely put up post, Sweta.
This place is awesome and vintage. Love this place
i love stepwells. i had been to one in admedabad. I’m guessing it is the adalaj one. cannot recall the name though I have it written somewhere.
I was not aware about the existence of this place! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
This is a beautiful place. I visited here years back
I love this place.
Ran-ki-Vav seems like a very nice historical place to visit. I wasn’t aware of this place hence loved reading all the more about this place in Gujarat.
Though I had stayed long years in Gujrat but never heard about this place before. looking like a great place to visit. will visit it for sure when visit India next time.
Such magnificent architecture. Adding this to my must visit places in India
I did visit Rani ki Vaav during my vist and it was beautiful. The way the guide explained the story, it actually made us live the moment.
I didn’t know about this. The architecture is breathtaking.
Wow this looks so beautiful. Wish to visit some day. #dewreads
These are some incredible highlights of an amazing place from the ‘Land of the Lions and Legends’. Definitely on my bucket list.
Never been to Gujrat , this seems to be a must visit place. very well explained . thanks for the virtual tour
These ancient step wells are so intricately built arent they? And at a time when there was no measures or scales. Wonder of architecture. I have seen a similar one in Lucknow and it is really mindboggling.
The place looks rather menacing in the pics.
this has been on my to visit list for long, loved reading this
I still have to explore Gujarat a lot …Thanks for sharing this
You always talk about architecture of the place you write about. It actually gives a vivid experience of visiting the places. Well written never knew step wells were this significant.
The pictures and history looks so fascinating, I am sure it would be a beautiful sight when I would see in real, hopefully soon.
I have never been to Gujarat but good to know about the largest step wall. Thanks for the virtual trip.
Will sure like to explore this place some day dear
You have shared the history of the place in quite detail. Good read.
What an architectural masterpiece. would love to see larger pictures of the same.
Stepwells in Gujarat are truly a magnificent sight. I’ve been to Adalaj ni vaav in Ahmedabad and was taken aback by the simple yet stunning architecture.
This place is on my wish list! I have seen so many posts about this place that I really want to visit this historical monument,
Such a magnificent place to visit. Loved reading your post on it.
our country is full of such amazing architectural heritage, I come from Agra, and monuments like these were not-a-big-deal for us. We used to think, why foreigners flock around Taj! LOL, life taught me many things, and being proud of your heritage is one such aspect.
Wow this seems such a beautiful place… I would love to visit… Love the beautiful architecture
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The architecture looks absolutely splendid. I haven’t heard about this place. #tmmreads
Love the history and the stunning architecture of the stepwell. There is history seeped into amazing monuments, structures and forts of our country. I cant wait to see this in my next travel to Gujarat.
Ran ki vaav seems so interesting and a must visit place for sure. Thanks for all the details and information
Wants me to go to Ran ki Vaav, I have heard so much about this well. Its so good to read about the history
This is nice. Never got a chance to visit though. But it reminded me of the time I spent at Adalaj step well. I even posted about it long time ago. I think this place is much grander compared to Adalaj.
Wow. I’ve never heard of this. Being in South India I’m not very aware of the Western India tourism. Rest of it ofcourse. Gujarat is on my bucket list for some time in future.
This is so grand! The picture is beautiful, and the description of the place is very interesting and informative. Definitely visiting Ran ki Vaav whenever I travel to Gujarat.
Thanks for sharing about the hidden gems of heritage in our country. I wasn’t even aware of its existence. I’m glad i came across your post.
Ran ki Vaav is truly wow. What amazing architecture! Hope to visit someday.
Being a Gujarati, I take pride in reading about the heritage of Gujarat. I have visited Ran ni Vaav and the charm of the place is mesmerising.
I love visiting such places. Thanks for sharing this. Will definitely visit the next time I am in the region. I absolutely love the stair well of Hampi…this one looks equally good. Keep enriching our knowledge with such posts.
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It’s often seen that places of architectural importance are neglected in the social and political interests of the country. Good that you researched and talked about this place.
Nice post. Thanks for sharing. These historical places are always been of my great interest and I love exploring them.
Thanks for sharing this insightful post. Got to know something new and vivid.
I have heard so much about it. It is such a beautiful architectural piece, right.
One such place that could have been maintained well if only we paid more attention.
I have been to this step well and this post brought back all the nostalgia
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This is super informative! I’m glad I spotted your post as it’s better than similar posts I’ve read from most people about this subject. Can I ask you to add to this? Perhaps give an additional example? Thanks 🙂