This is an absolutely fascinating travel blog written by a retired American grandmother on a four month trip to India. Not only does it explore places off the tourist track, it has great pictures and a feeling for people as well as places. I put up this particular blog as an example of a whole series she has put together on an Indian journey for those who enjoy travel writing.
Dada Hari, was the chief attendant of Sultan Muhmud Begada’s royal harem at the turn of the 16 century. She commissioned the building of this step well as well as a garden, mosque, and her own tomb. The ancient rulers had chosen aristocrats to build their own burial tombs while they were still alive. Dada Hari was a very powerful and influential woman in a time where that was not usual. A story goes is that she wanted the step well to be built as a cool, peaceful spot for the women in the area to rest and visit with their friends while collecting water for their families. She was an early feminist helping other women. She created one of the coolest places, literally, for a man or a woman to spend a hot afternoon in Ahmedabad.
View down into the nearly dry well. It will be replenished during monsoon.
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