Revisting places to get better photos - Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad

Entrance of Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Whenever I am planning my travel itineraries or destinations, I make sure I am not visiting a place that I have already seen and explored. However this time on my visit to Ahmedabad, I ended up going to the same locations as the other members in my family had not seen them. This was the second time I was at Adalaj Ni Vav, one of the famous stepwells in the city of Ahmedabad. Stepwells were resting places for travelers in the 14th and 15th century and every ruler would build stepwell in his ruling kingdom for the welfare of his people and other visitors. 

Sitting area - Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat  Entering stairs - Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

As I now owned Iphone 7 Plus, I thought I would take this opportunity to make good photos from different perspectives which I haven't clicked earlier. I have eternal love for architectures and after having some knowledge in photography, I decided to experiment some of the tactics from my learning. This stepwell has been built 5 stores under the ground level, and you can get some good pictures that depict frame within frame.

Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Adalaj Ni Vav, is very famous for it's story of Rani Roopba, the wife of the Hindu Ruler, Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty who committed suicide at the stepwell once the construction was completed by the Muslim King Begda. The reason of the Queen's suicide can read in my previous blog - where I have described all the details of why this architecture was built.

Frames at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

As the architecture was commenced by the a Hindu Ruler and completed by a Muslim Ruler, you will see a mixture of Indian and Islamic styles in the details of the walls and pillars of the stepwell. Since my previous post on Adalaj Ni Vav, has all the possible wide angle perspectives, this time I thought I would take more close up details of the designs. 

Art details at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Art details at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The carvings varied from floral designs, animals, hindu gods, various elements of prayers, geometric shapes, etc. Even after all these years of construction, the details of the pillars and walls looked beautiful. Most of them were symmetric designs that were carved on the bottom of the pillars. 

Pillars at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Pillar details at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Pillars at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Pillars at Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

I must say, I was quit impressed by the final output of the pictures that I clicked from the Iphone 7 plus and I am definitely going to experiment more with this camera. Now that I was done taking detail shots, mom wanted to recreate the picture of me and my brother. 

Well, no family trip is complete without a family photo. Doesn't matter if we are visiting the same place. A memory for each travel together has to be saved. 

And how can we forget the era of SELFIES!

Lesson Learnt - No matter how many times you visit the same place, you will always leave with a different thought and a new learning. 

Hope you have added this place to your travel bucket list and read up about the intriguing story of the Queen Roopba in my previous blog about Adalaj Ni Vav. Let me know if you visit soon in the comments below...


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