Rani-Ki-Vav Patan - Gujarat

Rani-Ki-Vav Patan

The glory of Patan is poured all over in its step-well. On the banks of the Saraswati River, this is one of the remarkably built stepwells in Western India. There are intricately sculpted pillars and 800 odd sculptural brilliances. Geometry and Lord Vishnu spark a debate amongst travellers, only to appreciate the craftsmanship of the yesteryears.

Maru-Gurjara architecture vividly replicates the Sun temple in Modhera and Vimalavasahi Temple in Mount Abu. Rani Udayamati built this stepwell in 1063. Archeologists James Burgess and Henry Cousens came here in the 1890s and led to the rediscovery of Rani Ki Vav in the 1940s. The Archeological Survey of India had restored this stepwell in the 1980s. Since 2014, Rani Ki Vav has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to reach Rani-Ki-Vav Patan

Rail : You can reach up to Mehsana by train and later go to Patan in a local bus.

Air : Ahmedabad is the nearest international airport at a distance of 125 km from patan. A well connected airport that has regular flights to all Indian and important international cities

Road : From Ahmedabad to Patan, Intercity Buses take 3.5 hours while from Mehsana it is 1 hour. Take shared Jeeps for cheaper rates but you have to compromise on comfort for sure.