Adalaj Step Well

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: SH 41, Adalaj, District- Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad- 382421, Gujarat, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Water Body, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

About Adalaj Step Well, Ahmedabad

The Adalaj step well also called ‘vav’ in Gujarati is a unique Hindu water tank that is built in the small village of Adalaj in Ahmedabad. It was a very important place in the early times as this was the main source of water for daily use to the people of the region. It was completed as a dedication to Queen Roopba, wife of Veer Singh, the Waghela Chief.

The legend says that during the 15th century Veer Singh of the Vaghela Dynasty ruled this region which was then called DandaiDesh. It was attacked by a Muslim ruler of a neighboring kingdom known as Muhammad Begda. In the war the Hindu king was killed. Begda was so attracted to the beautiful widow of Veer Singh, Queen Roopba that he proposed to marry her. The queen in spite of being in heavy grief accepted his proposal with a condition before him to complete the construction of the step well. The desperate Muhammad Begda accepted this condition and completed the construction work in a record time. After this when he reminded the queen of her promise she ended her life instead of marrying him by jumping in the same well that was built by Begda. The well thus, bears the tragedy of this queen in its walls till now.

The well is built in sandstone in Solanki Architectural style. It has 5 levels. The top is octagonal in shape based on many exquisitely carved pillars. Each level has a large area as it was also used to celebrate occasions during those times. The depth is for the purpose of water extraction. All the levels are different from each other in design. The top portion has no roof. The motifs of Hindu and Islamic designs, with the sculptures of Hindu and Jain gods on all the levels, make a lovely fusion of both the cultures. The carvings on the wall shows women performing their daily activities such as, adorning themselves, churning out buttermilk, etc and the king overlooks all these. There are also beautiful carvings of the divine pot and the magical tree mentioned in the ancient scriptures. The temperature inside the well complex is quite lower than the outer temperature.

The Adalaj Step well is one of the most popular attractions and things to do in Ahmedabad as it has a great amount of historical significance attached to it. Once a famous water tank, the Adalaj Step Well is a popular place for tourists to visit, during their Ahmedabad trip. Due to the huge number of tourists that visit this well, it is necessary to book the Adalaj Step Well tour tickets, well in advance. While the tickets for Adalaj Step Well are free of charge, still you can get the Adalaj Step Well tour tickets. Still have questions? Don’t worry and go through our tickets section and get the detailed Adalaj Step Well Tour tickets.

Adalaj Step Well Information

  • Bring a guide book, as you want to understand all the historical attributes of this cultural site.
  • The garden outside serves as a good place to relax and picnic.

How To reach Adalaj Step Well by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the SardarVallabbhai Patel airport.
  • The nearest railway station is the Kalupur Railway Station.

Restaurants Near Adalaj Step Well

  • Crazy Bite
  • Morli Terrace Garden
  • Purohit Hotel
  • The Water Side
  • Subway Restaurant
  • Classic Corner Restaurant
  • Shiv Shakti Dhaba
  • Kake Da Dhaba
  • Eat Entry
  • Red Pepper Restaurant
  • Salt N Pepper Restaurant
  • Danny’s Coffee Bar
  • Gorbandh Restaurant
  • Bandhan Restaurant

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  • 95% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Adalaj Step Well in their plan

  • 52.96% of people start their Adalaj Step Well visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Adalaj Step Well

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Adalaj Step Well

People normally club together Sabarmati Museum and Akshardham Temple while planning their visit to Adalaj Step Well.

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  • In Gujarati; અડાલજ ગામની સીમમાં ઇ.સ. ૧૪૯૯ના વર્ષમાં વીરસંગ વાધેલાની પત્ની રાણી રૂડીબાઈ માટે રાજા મહમદ બેગડાએ વાવનું નિર્માણ કરાવ્યું હતું. તેથી આ વાવ અડાલજની વાવ અથવા રૂડીબાઈની વાવના નામથી પ્રચલિત થઇ. આ વાવનાં નિર્માણમાં તે સમયના અંદાજે ૫ લાખ રુપિયાનો ખર્ચ થયો હતો. આ વાવના સ્થપતિ શ્રીમાળી જ્ઞાતિના ભીમાના દીકરા મારન હતા. In Hindi; अडालज की बावड़ी (गुजराती : अडालजनी वाव) एक सीढ़ीदार कुँआ (बावड़ी) है जो गुजरात के अडालज नामक गाँवमें है। दूर-दराज से बड़ी संख्या में लोग इस कुएं को देखने आते रहते हैं। वास्तव में यह एक बड़े भवन के रूप में निर्मित है। भारतमें इस तरह के कई सीड़ीनुमा कूप हैं अडालज गाँव गांधीनगर जिले के दक्षिण-पश्चिम में स्थित है और गांधीनगर से मात्र 5 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर है। यह छोटा सा गाँव प्राचीन काल में 'दांडई देश' नाम से जाना जाता था। In English; The Adalaj step well or 'Vav', as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories deep. It was built in 1498. The history of the Adalaj step-well is established by an inscription in Sanskrit found on a marble slab positioned in a recess on the first floor, from the eastern entry to the well. Its construction was started by Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty of Dandai Desh. But he was killed in a war, wherefater the Muslim king Mahmud Begada of a neighbouring state built it in Indo-Islamic architectural style, in 1499.

  • Given that it's heritage site you can't say much about it. But could be manages better. No guides. No Eating joints around. It's quite secluded that way.the architecture is delicate and well done. But with more guidance and discipline this place could be well received.

  • Good historical place. A must visit place in Ahmadabad.... The place is neat and looking good.. don't expect good food nearby... Just go enjoy... Take beautiful snaps.... it has mixed architecture of Hindu and Mughal the stone carvings are awesome... But government need to take more care to preserve...

  • Great historical place to visit. You can enjoy a family picnic.. great landscape..historical place.. Beautiful scenery. Bring food from the home and enjoy a lot here. Architecture of stepwell is very beautiful. In a summer you can feel 8 to 10 degree temperature difference between stepwell inside and outside.

  • We are all blessed people by God's Grace to visit such an Historical place to enjoy, experience with visual enhancement. The imagination and dedication to build such a well cannot be done even to copy the same. I loved it very much.

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