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Rani ki Vav, the lesser-known heritage of Gujarat

UNESCO, World Heritage site which is a two-hour drive from Ahmadabad to Patan, the ancient capital of the Solanki rulers.

A few steps ahead of the Vav's unimposing entrance, is the stepped corridor leading to the well's bottom. The attention that designers had paid to its aesthetics spoke of the Solanki rulers' eye for art and architecture. A rectangular passage cuts into earth, plunging downward, leading to the well, bolstered with stoned walls, chiseled with a dizzying range of sculptures, friezes, niches and carvings. A glimpse of the architecture and sculpturing of this mammoth structure. No stone is left uncarved, even the smallest of spaces are geometrically designed.