Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ahmedabad - Dada Harir Vav

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

In the late afternoon we had an excursion around Ahmedabad. Knowing our interest in stepwells, our guide showed us the little-visited Dada Harir Vav in a old section of Ahmedabad.

Similar in layout to Adalaj Vav, Dada Harir Vav is smaller and not as elaborately decorated. The low-angle evening sun and a dusty lens made photography less than optimal!
Like Adalaj, this stepwell has multiple levels of galleries.
Again, like Adalaj, this stepwell has a single long staircase from the top to the bottom.
Unlike Adalaj, Dada Harir Vav lets visitors go all the way to the bottom. Beyond the bottom octagonal chamber is a round well chamber. This is view up from the bottom of the well. (Adalaj also has a round well beyond the octagonal chamber, but it is blocked from visitors.)
A study of niches. The right-most niche contains an inscription in Urdu? Persian? This set shows how architectural elements may be symmetrical (placement, design), yet each be unique. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)
We were here!

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