Adalaj Stepwell is a unique Hindu 'water building' in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad,Gujarat, India. The stepwell was built in 1499. The step well or 'Vav', as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories in depth. Such step wells were once integral to the semi arid regions of Gujarat as they provided basic water needs for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colorful festivals and sacred rituals.