Dada Harir Vav
At a distance of 2.5 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Dada Harir Vav is a stepwell situated in Aswara area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Popularly known as Dada Hari ni Vav, it is one of the beautiful stepwells in Gujarat and among the popular places of heritage in Ahmedabad.
Dada Harir Stepwell was built in 1485 by Dhai Harir, a household lady of Mahmud Begada according to the Persian inscription in the stepwell. She was the superintendent of the royal harem. The well bears two inscriptions, one in Sanskrit on the south, and one in Arabic on the north wall, of the first gallery. Like most step-wells, this vav is also designed to store water and also a resting place for the travelers. The well lies just behind the tomb of Dada Hari.
This seven-storey step well has a spiral stairway that takes visitors to each storey. The walls and pillars are detailed intricately with delicate carvings and floral sculptures. The decorated arches and ornate columns showcase a fine blend of traditional Muslim architecture and Hindu sculpture skills. There are certain Arabic and Sanskrit scriptures engraved on the walls which are still visible today. The well at the bottom level is in the shape of an octagon.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM