The Rani ki Vav in Patan, about 133 km. from Ahmedabad, is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city of Patan. Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The steps of the vav begin at ground level, leading you down through the cool air through several pillared pavilions to reach the deep well below. There are more than 800 elaborate sculptures among seven galleries. The central theme is the Dasavataras, or ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, including Buddha. At the water level there is a carving of Sheshashayi-Vishnu, in which Lord Vishnu reclines on the thousand-hooded serpent Shesha.