Best Tourist Places in India – Rani Ki Vav is a stepwell built in the Maru-Gujaraarchitecturalstyle on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Gujarat. It is and was initially built as a memorial to the King Bhima by his widow queen, Rani Udayamati.In the 1980s, the stepwell was excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India.
- This stepwell was designed with an inverted temple which highlights the sanctity of water and has seven levels of stairs, the panels of which hold more than 500 principle sculptures.
- The fourth level of this monument is the deepest and leads to a tank, rectangular in shape and about 9.5m by 9.4m and about 23m deep. The location of the well is at the west end of the property and consists of a shaft which is 10m in diameter and is 30m in depth.
- There is a small gate below the last step of the well which leads to 30 km tunnel leading to Sidhpur, a town near Patan in Gujarat. This gate was supposed to be used as an emergency escape route for the king in times of defeat. Unfortunately, this tunnel is blocked with stones and mud currently.
- Rani Ki Vav was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on the 22nd of June, 2014.
- At the Indian Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) held in October 2016, the monument was given the title for the ‘Cleanest Iconic Place’ in India.
- This monument is designated as an ancient monument of national importance and is surrounded by a protective non-development zone of 100m to all its sides.
- This monument is now being printed on the new 100 rupee notes.
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Rani Ki Vav