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Dada Harir Stepwell, Ahmedabad

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Dada Harir Stepwell is a stepwell in Asarwa area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.HistoryThe stepwell was built in 1485 by Dhai Harir, a household lady of Mahmud Begada. She was the superintendent of the royal harem.Dhai Harir built a mosque and a tomb in which she was buried. The well bears two inscriptions, one in Sanskrit on the south, and one in Arabic on the north wall, of the first gallery.The Arabic writing reads:A Sanskrit inscription says that the step-well was built in 1500 AD. It was during the reign of Mahmud Shah that Bai Harir Sultani, locally known as Dhai Harir, built the step-well. The name later corrupted into Dada Hari. It costed 3,29,000 Mahmudis at that time. The ornate step-well has spiral staircases pieced into the sidewall of the well shaft and descending to the different platform levels.StructureBuilt in sand stone in Solanki architectural style, the Dada Harir stepwell is five stories deep. It is octagonal (8-sided polygon) in plan at the top, built on intricately carved large number of pillars. Each floor is spacious enough to provide for people to congregate. It was dug deep to access ground water at that level, accounting for seasonal fluctuations in water level due to rainfall over the year. The air and light vents in the roofs at various floors and at the landing level are in the form of large openings. From the first story level, three staircases lead to the bottom water level of the well, which is considered a unique feature.At the level of the ground, it is 190 feet long by forty wide. At the east end, from a domed canopy, a descent of eight steps leads to a covered gallery. A second flight of nine steps leads to another gallery, and a third of eight steps to the lowest gallery two or three foot above the level of the water. At each landing a corridor runs along the sides and leads to other galleries that cross the well at intervals.
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  • A very nice step well hidden not very far off from AHMEDABAD, it is a very close to the town and amazing architecture built in front of a mosque both are very nice and worth the visit  more »
  • I had heard of the famous Adalaj Stepwell further out of town, but my driver took me here first and it turned out to be the more impressive and atmospheric experience. Unlike Adalaj, this one is free....  more »
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