CULTURE


Indian ancient stepwells

Baku, September 28, AZERTAC

The ancient stepwells of India were built in response to a grave shortage of water outside of the annual monsoon seasons.

In order to preserve the abundant rainfall during the monsoons, deep, stepped wells were built all over the dry northern regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat as far back as 550 AD.

The vast majority of these impressive structures have fallen into disrepair, but you can see a really excellent example at Adalaj Vav, about 12 miles north of Ahmedabad. This step well is a full five stories deep and has been beautifully preserved. As you, make your way down the series of ornately carved stairs you can see intricate carvings in a combination of Islamic and Hindu styles.

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