Champaner Tourism

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Nice mosque

Nice mosque  Video Review
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Jami Masjid

Kvs Shah
5th Dec 17

After Muzaffar Shah II He ruled for weeks & was murdered

After Muzaffar Shah II He ruled for weeks & was murdered  Video Review
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Sikandar Shah's Tomb

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Feb 19

This Monument is situated in Halol beside graveyard

This Monument is situated in Halol beside graveyard  Video Review
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Sikandar Shah's Tomb

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Feb 19

Sat man zip & Mint are well maintained & easy to access

Sat man zip & Mint are well maintained & easy to access  Video Review
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Pavagadh Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Feb 19

A very strong fort

A very strong fort  Video Review
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Pavagadh Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Feb 19

Panoramic views from Sat Kaman are spectacular

Panoramic views from Sat Kaman are spectacular  Video Review
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
9th Feb 19

This fort was a symbol of strength remain deserted

This fort was a symbol of strength remain deserted  Video Review
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Pavagadh Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
8th Feb 19

Kamani Masjid Renowned for Arches within the Park

Kamani Masjid Renowned for Arches within the Park  Video Review
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
8th Feb 19

Archaeological park is restoring & making easy access

Archaeological park is restoring & making easy access  Video Review
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
8th Feb 19

Before prayer hall a square cenotaph & Hauz ruins

Before prayer hall a square cenotaph & Hauz ruins  Video Review
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Kevada Masjid

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
8th Feb 19

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Hemant Sant

Hemant Sant3.9/5

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World Heritage Site has all that can fill your Leisure Day

Drive 45 kms on a smooth toll road to Halol from Cultural Hub The Banyan City of Vadodara Central Gujarat. Leave the road for Right turn at a Circle allowing you to go to Pawagadh Hill bypass rather than enter the Town of Halol. On your left turn here you can drive to Godhra or turn left ahead to drive onto bypass which leaves Champaner Pavagadh behind for drive to Shivrajpur Jambughoda and Bodeli along the lake overseeing the Pavagadh hill 800 meters. There are no other elevations here so sudden glimpse of this Hill attraction grips you as one drives on the toll road too . You come to arched gate after a right turn from the bypass. See on your right is a storey high dome structure along a water body. Just before this on your left a path goes to spiral water tank or a Vav and ek minar ki mosque worh seeing. Then the Dome. One who wants to do bird watching or trek to source of Vishwamitri river along its bed can stop here and enter the Greens follow the small lake till you reach a height which is a water fall in monsoons. Turning right within sucks you into Jungle of deciduous forest typical of this area for a forest experience we in Vadodara give to our children. Okay you have done this, then you enter the Fortifications of the old heritage city of Champaner at the base of the Hill of Pavagadh. You can drive through it and enjoy its sites masjids and come out of the gate at the other side to see the Imposing Jami mosque. Furthur drive on the small road leads you to Bada talav on the bank of which is another impressive faA§ade in ruins which is popular sitting place. There is a jutting into lake Jharokha a sitting window overlooking the Hill over the Lake from its northern side . The drive on the hill leads you to Machi a flat grounds from where one treks up or catches ropeway to the Top, well almost. Before the Manchi flats you have Khapra Zaveri no quarter imposing gate faA§ade you just walk up to, turn right till you reach a valley looking ruins. All these are poetic after the rains. From here if you turn left walk trek up to waterfall of Vishamitri river, Come out walk ahead to see Saat Kamaan seven arches of stone on ledge of the hill which gives a unique character to this heritage site. Up on a ropeway in monsoons clouds gather around you to impose some romantic ideas to hard core wooden faces too! If you select to trek then many ruins have stories to tell. Up above you will see Doodhiya talav lake over which the second elevation of Kali temple hill jutts up. Within and around lake you can see many Jain temples and One Shiva temple in ruins. Walk up to next level to see another lake Chasiya talav which leads you to actual climb to reach Kali mata temple a millennium old. Better plan your trip and see that you do not reach on Tuesdays or Some festival Devi days! Once on top there are many place corners of the Hilltop you can explore. Astronomy club always comes here to watch stars or some astral phenomenon, comets etc. Trekkers and Climbers use this Hill to train for rock and mountain climbing training from all sides. There are so many things to do around this Hill apart from heritage that for many like us it fills our calendar of leisure break at this single spot! You go and find out more . Furthur there are stays at Bhammaria behind the Hill Rest House at Manchii flats and further at Jmabughoda palace and forests road apart from religious rest houses of jains temples etc.

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Vivek .

Vivek .4.3/5

12 reviews

Most famous for Kali Temple

Champaner is easily accessible from Vadodara. An hour journey by bus. Though the place is mostly famous for the famous Kali temple at Pavagarh but there are numerous historical spots around which are collectively termed as Champaner-Pavagarh archaeological park . Nagina Maszid, Shehar Ki Maszid, Mandavi, Kamani mosque & Jami Maszid to name a few . Though all the places can be explored on foot but I suggest hiring an auto ( shall charge you around 250 if you to save time & effort . Weather is extreme in summer so better to carry caps & sunscreen.

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  • Most famous for Kali Temple
  • Most famous for Kali Temple
  • Most famous for Kali Temple

Champaner Overview

Champaner is situated in the state of Gujarat and is known for its cultural history. This city comes under the Panchmahal District, which is around 47 km from Vadodara city. The city of Champaner was founded during the Chavda Kingdom and was the state capital for a brief period of time.

The existence of this ancient city can be traced back to the 8th century. There is a famous hill fort, named Pavagadh Fort, in Champaner which is the most popular tourist attraction of the region. There are several forts, gardens, tombs and other important monuments in this city.

Vanraj Chavda, who was considered to be one of the prominent kings of the Chavda Dynasty, founded this city in the 8th century. This city was named after the king's friend, Champa or Champaraj.

During the late 15th century, the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs took control over the Pavagadh Fort from the Chavda Kings. On 4th December 1482, the Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada attacked Champaner. The sultan captured the Pavagadh Fort on 21st November 1484, after winning the war that lasted over 20 months.

He took 23 years to rebuild and embellish the city of Champaner, which was renamed as Muhammadabad. The capital of the state was then moved from Champaner to Ahmedabad. Champaner was attacked by the Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1535. The British took control of Champaner during the beginning of the 19th century, when this city was almost in ruins and had a population of just 500 people.

Home to large number of monuments and temples, a seven year study was conducted by the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1969. This study gave insight about the lost identity of the city of Champaner, which was conquered by the Mughals and British in the past.

Champaner is famous for its archaeological park which is located in the heart of the city. This archaeological park was designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. The award winning Hindi movie 'Lagaan', which was also nominated for Oscars, was shot in this city.

The best time to visit the city of Champaner is during winters (October to March), when the weather is cool and pleasant.


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Champaner, Gujarat

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Champaner, Gujarat
Champaner, Gujarat

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Rajiv Sarkar

Champaner, Gujarat
Champaner, Gujarat

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Rajiv Sarkar

Champaner, Gujarat
Champaner, Gujarat

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Rajiv Sarkar

Champaner, Gujarat

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