In the 16th century, Surat was the place to be. So great was the economic clout of its port, that the European merchants, especially the British and the Dutch vied with each other in the docks and marketplaces for access and their rivalries were so great, that they even took it to their graves, quite literally!
On the fringes of Ahmedabad is a stepwell built by the harem keeper of a medieval Sultan. Noted for its stunning craftsmanship and plunging five storeys deep, this vav is a powerful symbol of communal harmony. Yes, Dada Harir ni Vav tells quite a story!