A trip to see Dada Hari ni Vav - a disused and somewhat neglected Indian step well in Ahmedabad, India.
There are a variety of beautiful Indian Step Wells located in the State of Gujarat, India and just have to be visited if remotely close to Ahmedabad. Often as not they are adorned with heavily carved galleries, some have Jain and Hindu sculptures, beautiful galleries and they are
very much like underground old Jain temples.Dada Hari ni Vav
stepwell is easily visited if staying in Ahmedabad - this octagonal shaped step well is located on the eastern side of the Old City in Asarva district a little to the south west of Asarva Lake. Assuming you go there by auto-rickshaw it might well be a good idea to get the driver to wait whilst you look around instead of just dropping you off -
the area is pretty quiet and there are no other auto-rickshaws around that were obvious.
Quite a few of the sculptures at the top of the stepwell are looking a bit the worse for wear through
exposure. However the step well's sculptures are in much better condition the further you descend - the carvings are in both Sanskrit and Arabic script. You can go right to the bottom of Dada Hari Ni Vav step well and then look up between the galleries to the surface which is some way above - also be aware there are quite a few bats which live in this stepwell.
Dada Hari ni Vav stepwell itself is pretty much unattended and quiet apart from perhaps a few local children wandering around and there are no entry fees. The stepwell does not give the impression that many people go to visit it which is a shame because although it is let's say slightly worn there are still some really good galleries to look at as you descend the flight of wide steps.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]