The ladder well is nearly 1,000 years old

Built as a memorial to the late king in the 11th century, Rani Ki Vav is also a place to store water and avoid heat of the people.

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Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
Rani Ki Vav is a ladder well originating from the 11th century, in the town of Patan, Gujurat state, on the banks of the Saraswati River. This monument was built by Queen Udayamati as a memorial to the late husband, King Bhimdev I (1022-1063). Bhimdev I is the son of Mularaja, the founder of the Solaki dynasty in Patan city.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
In the 13th century, the well was buried by the Saraswati River until 1980, when excavated by archaeologists. After restoration, the carvings of Rani Ki Vav remained almost intact. In 2014, it was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
From the ground, the symmetric ladder steps of Rani Ki Vav lead the way down to underground water well. All are kept intact by the alluvium layer in the flood of Saraswati River 7 centuries ago. Photo: Mythical India.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
Rani Ki Vav is a testament to the ladder well, the underground water storage system invented by Indians in the 3rd millennium BC. Initially, the system was simple pits. Over time, they gradually built into works of art multi-storey and complex.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
By the time Rani Ki Vav was built, the craftsmen were at their peak with the skill to build ladders. Maru-Gurjara's architectural style is reflected in delicate sculptures to details and proportions.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
Rani Ki Vav is designed as a reverse temple to highlight the sanctity of the water. This monument has a total of 7 floors and sculpture walls of high artistic value.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
The monument has more than 500 major sculptures and about a thousand small sculptures. All depict images of religion, myth and secular.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
On the bottom floor of the ladder well, a gate leads to a 30 km long tunnel to the town of Sidhpur near Patan. The path is an escape route for the king as losing a battle. However, the bunker was blocked by rocks and mud.
Rani Ki Vav ladder well India.
The ruins are open from 8 to 18 hours daily. The entrance fee for foreign visitors is USD 2 (VND 46,000). The airport closest to Patan is in Ahmedabad. From here, visitors can travel by bus takes 3.5 hours. Jeeps are also a popular, but uncomfortable, vehicle.

The ladder well is nearly 1,000 years old The ladder well is nearly 1,000 years old Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on September 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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