A stunning example of Indo-Islamic architecture in Gujarat is Adalaj Stepwell or Adalaj ni Vav. One of the finest stepwells of Gujarat was built in 1555. It is located in the Adalaj village, 18 km away from Ahmedabad city. What makes this stepwell the most beautiful amongst others is its series of platforms and galleries built on the side of the stepwell. It looks like a tale of unrequited passion and events revolving around it.
Adalaj stepwell is five stories deep, built-in sandstone in the Solanki architectural style. A stepwell is built on an intricately carved large number of pillars with an octagonal plan at the top. Each floor is so spacious that the people can hold gatherings. The light and air can enter the octagonal well as it has an opening in the ceilings above the landing. It is dug so deep that one can access groundwater at that level, accounting for seasonal fluctuations in water level due to rainfall over the years. As the direct sunlight does not touch landings except at noon, the atmosphere inside the well is six degrees cooler than the outside. A unique feature of this stepwell is that from the first story level, three staircases lead to the bottom water level of the well.
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