Dating back to the 11th century, Rani Ki Vav or Queen's Stepwell, located in Patan, Gujarat, was designed as an inverted temple to highlight the sanctity of water. Divided into 7 levels of staircases, which showcase more than 500 sculpted panels and over a thousand minor ones, Rani Ki Vav depicts religious, mythology and literary imagery. It is truly a marvellous sight to behold! To download and read more India Unveiled stories, visit www.indiaunveiled.org
Palitana, a town in Gujarat founded in 1194, is located on a mountain that has more than 900 temples. For this reason, Palitana has been nicknamed as the 'City of Temples'. From the foot of the hill to the top, there are more than 3,800 stone steps cut into the rocks to facilitate climbing. Most of the temples are exquisitely carved in marble. To download and read more India Unveiled stories, visit www.indiaunveiled.org
Although coffee usage dates back to the 9th century, it was not grown outside of the Middle East & N.Africa till the 17th century. Baba Budan, an Indian Sufi, travelled to the Middle East on a pilgrimage in the 17th century. When he returned home he strapped 7 fertile coffee seeds to his stomach - risking severe punishment for the chance to cultivate his own coffee. The seeds he brought were planted in Chandra Giri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka which became the first coffee plantation in India.