Along the highway between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, there is a little-known village called Adalaj. Its biggest claim to fame is its five-story, eight-sided stepwell, called Adalaj ni Vav — a singular architectural marvel from the fifteenth century. Carved elaborately and intricately from stone, it took some twenty years to get built.

There’s a very interesting and dramatic story behind it — practically screaming to be made into a Bollywood movie, really, as it has royalty, murder, mystery, intrigue, forbidden love, Hindu-Muslim conflict, self-sacrifice and, of course, a beautiful setting. Read more at the Wikipedia entry here.

Some more photographs below.

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