Rani ki Vav | Gujarat



Tag : Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site

Built In : Between 1022 and 1063 AD.

Year of Inscription: 2014

Reasons for Inscription: Criteria number (1) and (4). This stepwell is a remarkable cultural edifice that represents the wonderful sculptural brilliance of the primordial-period.

Ran Ki Vav, or the Queen's Stepwell, is located in Patan town of Gujarat. It is an astonishing example of Royal Steep Well and was constructed between 1022 and 1063 AD. This beautiful edifice was re-discovered in the 1950s after spending many years in the wilderness. Thus, the flamboyant carvings here are wonderfully preserved. This place includes many inimitable traits that have made it one of the most significant stepwells in the country.

Category: Cultural Structure.

Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM

Rani Ki Vav


Rani-ki-Vav at Patan is said to be erected by Queen Udayamati, who was King Bhimadeva I's wife. This site is a fine example of flamboyant Solanki structural design. It's 64 meters long and 20 meters wide. It had seven stories when Rani ki Vav was originally built. Only five of them are currently preserved. The depth of this arresting stepwell is 27 meters and is oriented towards the east-west direction. It has a corridor with long steps that tumble down to the underground tank. 



This construction is embraced by four multi-story compartmental pavilions with circular pillars. The well's interiors, pillared pavilions, and corridor walls are embroidered with excellent sculptures. There have been around 800 sculptures in Rani Ki Vav in the past; however, only 400 of those sculptures survive today. These enticing sculptures incorporate gods, goddesses, apsars, and various other Hindu themes. 

How to Get There

BY AIR : Ahmadabad is the nearest airport from Patan.

BY RAIL : The nearest railhead is Patan Railway Station.

BY ROAD : Patan is well-connected with major cities like Ahmedabad, Mahudi, Vadodara, Mehsana, and Unjha.