Citadel, Champaner-Pavagadh
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Brief

Champaner is an archaeological city in Gujrat. This houses many places of tourist attractions. The places that are visited from here are all well known for their historical importance. The city was earlier a capital of Gujrat. The city was built by Vanraj Chavda. He is believed to be the most prominent /king of the Chavda Dynasty. Many years later the Rajputs built the Pavagadh Fort above the city. Mahmud captured and besieged the city of Champaner and the fort. He spent almost 23 years in reconstruction of the fort and renamed as Muhammadabad. He also moved his capital from here to Ahmedabad. Champaner today is the site of the Champener-Pavagadh Archaelogical Park. This was designated as the World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Jama Masjid was also built here. This is located in Panch Mahal District.This mystique, mesmerizing site is a centre of fine 16th century architecture and contains mosques, temples, arches, entrance gates, palaces, tombs, residential areas, water bodies like tanks and step wells. All these are valuable creations of architects between eighth to fourteenth centuries. Temple of Kalika Mata is situated on Pavagadh Hill top at an altitude of 800 meters. This temple is one of the prominent Hindu temples in this area which attracts millions of devotees from within and outside Gujarat.

The archeological park depicts variations in Muslim and Hindu culture during the fifteenth and sixteenth century. The architecture has influence of pre-Mughal and Islamic cultures also. UNESCO has included this site in its list of the world Heritage Site in year 2004.

The official language is Gujarati.

 
Travel Tips

The citadel remains open for most of the time of the year. Visiting it from June to Early September are the most favourable of all. This remains open from dawn to dusk and on all week days. It is advisable to visit during the winter months because the weather remains pleasant during this time. Summer is the time when the scorching Sun soar overhead. It becomes difficult to visit the details and interesting phases of the Surat castle. A small meal can be kept along. Temperature during hot summer months in Champaner remains extreme and goes beyond 40°C. If you plan to visit the area during this season it is advisable to take adequate precautions against blazing sun. May is considered as the hottest summer month. The onset of south west monsoon brings relief from the scorching heat.



When to visit

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sprinkles Pleasant
  • 31° Max
  • 23° Min
  • 6.0 mm
  • Light clothes
 
Things to do

The UNESCO world heritage sites across the globe this year marvellous archelogical park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places to visit in Gujarat.

Places to visit around Champaner are Citadel walls, City walls at south-east corner of the citadel going up the hill East and South Bhadra Gates, Sahar ki Masjid (Bohrani). Three cells inside the citadel wall between Sahar ki Masjid the local fund Dharmashala Mandvi or Custom House, Jami Masjid, Stepwell north of Jama Masjid, Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph Tomb with a big dome in the centre and small corner domes on way to Khajuri Masjid near Wada Talao, Cenotaph of Kevda Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Cenotaph of Nagina MasjidLila Gumbaz ki Masjid, Champaner Kabutarkhana Pavilion on the north bank of Wada Talao near Khajuri Masjid, Kamani Masjid and Bawaman Mosque are places that could be visited here.

 
Getting Around

You can find plenty rickshaws and also tongas in the town. 

 
Places to Stay

There are many hotels all round Pavagadh to spend night. These hotels are of varying rates and reservation is easy. Modern furnishing and recreational attachments with modern facilities is the speciality of each room. The rooms are colourful and comfortable also. Both Ac and non AC rooms are available. Cosy living areas and a drawing room is associated with it. Al the rooms have large window and personal bathtubs for a comfortable bathing. Laundry services are available on a daily basis. All these hotels can be booked previously. No credit cards are required for reservation. It is advisable to book the hotel on prior account because these hotels get book immediately when the tourists arrive. All these hotels are well known for their hospitability.

 
How to Reach

  • Champaner has good air connectivity and the nearest airport is Vadodara which is located at a distance of forty two km from Champaner city. The airport is well connected with many of the Indian cities. Many low fare airlines operate from this airport. Taxi facility is available to reach Champaner from Vadodara airport. The driving time is approximately I hour and fare is usually Rs 600. Ahmadabad is nearest international airport from Champaner located at a distance of one hundred and twenty five km.
  • The station of Champaner is located on main line between Vadodara and Gandhara rail route. The main railway junction which is located near to Champaner is Vadodara which is at a distance of fifty three km. Facility of taxis and buses are available from the railway station to reach Champaner.
  • Champaner is well connected with flights, trains and buses. Champaner has good connectivity with majority of cities in Gujarat with extensive roadways.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Champaner is believed to a historical place that houses many old buildings of historical importance. This city has many other surrounding attractions. Jama Masjid was also built here. This is located in Panch Mahal District.This mystique, mesmerizing site is a centre of fine 16th century architecture and contains mosques, temples, arches, entrance gates, palaces, tombs, residential areas, water bodies like tanks and step wells. All these are valuable creations of architects between eighth to fourteenth centuries. Temple of Kalika Mata is situated on Pavagadh Hill top at an altitude of 800 meters. This temple is one of the prominent Hindu temples in this area which attracts millions of devotees from within and outside Gujarat.

 
Emergency No.

Police: 100

Ambulance: 102

Fire-Brigade: 101