Dada Hari Ni Vav is a little visited stepwell on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
There’s a sanskit inscription (which I failed to locate) that says the Muslim king Sultan Bai Harir, locally known as Dada Hari, built the step-well in 1485.
The building, with beautiful carvings all over, has spiral staircases pieced into the sidewall of the well shaft and descending to the different platform levels. These were not accessible at the time I visited, so instead you just have the more normal route down through the series of levels via flights of stairs.
The temperature inside Dada Hari Ni Vav is said to be about five degrees lower than the outside hot summer temperatures. This encouraged the women who came here to fetch water to spend more time in the cool climes. They would have stayed to worship the gods and goddesses, and naturally to gossip.
The monument doesn’t appear to be attended by anyone, so you’re free to use a tripod here.
Likewise, Dada Hari Ni Vav is open all the time.
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