*My image has appeared in Radar section of October 2016 issue of JetWings Domestic, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (Domestic sectors).*

**Carved in stone, Rani-ki-Vav, Patan**

It is said that this stunning structure, Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell), was built in **11th century** as a tribute to the king and founder of the Solanki Dynasty by his widowed wife, Udayamati. This **64 metre-long stepwell** is seven levels deep and is embellished with **over 1,500 statues**. The stacking of statues on the levels as you go down the stepwell is conceptually an **inversion of a typical temple** that pays obeisance to water. These sculptures mostly depict **Vishnu’s different avatars** and the traditional ** solah shringaar (16 styles of adornments)**. Rani-ki-Vav made its way into the

**UNESCO Heritage List in 2014**, for its outstanding architecture and creativity, and is an absolute must-see site in Gujarat.

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