Rani Ki Vav, Patan
|Photo by Sudhamshu Hebbar, CC BY 2.0|
The most splendid step-well in Patan, Rani Ki Vav is an architectural masterpiece. It was built in 11th century and the age-old stone work remain awe-inspiring till date. A sublime piece of art, the step-well is 64m long, 20m wide and 27m deep. Such a humungous artwork is praised not just for its size but also the quality. Built with intricately cut stone and brick, even the walls of the well are adorned with symmetrical statues. These include those of Vishnu, Ganesh and Lakshmi-Narayan. Rani KI Vav shows the true skill of India’s sculptors, creating music out of brick.
Shaking Minarets (Jhulta Minar), Ahmedabad
Old Fort, Surat
The Surat Fort was built by Muhammad Tughlak to serve as a staunch fortification against his enemies. The fort has been built with stone walls and has iron bars, which once served as protective features against Bhils - the tribal who were against Mughal rule. The fort is a mammoth architectural splendor and many tourists flock its premises to witness its opulence. Head on over to this fort and revel in the Mughal ruler’s strength and grandeur.