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Champaner Tourism

The Capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat, Champaner is a historical city located in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. Being included in the elite list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvellous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park holds a lot of historical as well as mythological significance in itself. The Park comprises of umpteen number of splendid architectural wonders consisting of both Hindu & Islamic styles of design. Another interesting piece of trivia regarding this place is that the hill of Pavagadh is believed to be a chunk of the Himalayas that was originally carried by Hanuman to Lanka in the Ramayana epic. With such rich history to its name, this makes up for a really intriguing place to visit.

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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is located in the heritage town of Champaner in Gujarat. This UNESCO certified World Heritage Site is a commemorable reserve of the human lifestyle spanning from the Chalcolithic or the pre-historic times to the 16th century. 

The archaeological park houses a wide expanse of ancient architecture expressed through palaces, temples, gateways and mosques. The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park also cites archaic remnants across categories such as agriculture, water conservation and residential wards of the time. There is also a remarkable blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture here. 

History of Champaner Pavagadh

Discovered by the well-known Chavda King of the 8th century, Vanraj Chavda, Champaner is believed to have been named after Champa, the king's friend and a general in his court. However, some beliefs also state that the name is derived from the yellow tinted rocks in the town's neighbour, Pavagadh. 

Pavagadh was a vital trade route linking Gujarat to both North and South India. Thus, the place attracted quite a few rulers and kings to this flourishing part of the state. Although Champaner was made the capital city of Pavagadh by Mahmud Begda during the early Mughal rule, it was further taken down and conquered by Humayun, a later king of the Mughal kingdom.

Post 1535, Champaner-Pavagadh only had minimal rule during the Maratha reign and was devoid of any modernisation until it was a British colony in the 1800s. It is said that the region's population at that time was only 500. The town was a standstill while many of its neighbours industrialised with multiple dynasties, and thus is an incredible heritage site today.

Restaurants and Local Food in Champaner

One will not find a lot of restaurants near the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaelogical Park, irrespective of the fact that Gujarat is quite renowned for its amazing cuisine. There are a couple of restaurants about 30 kms away from the main location. We have listed them down. No particular cuisine is followed but if you're at it, you shouldn't miss out on the Gujarati thalis. One can also find other cuisines like Chinese, Italian, etc.
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One Day Itinerary

One can first visit the mosques that this place beholds- Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid, Kevada mosque, Nagina Masjid & Cenotaph and mainly the Jami Masjid. This might just take about a day long for you to experience. The next day, you can visit the Pavagadh fort and the Lakulisa temple alongside with it. Reserve the third day for the Kalika Mata Temple and Fort of Pavagadh and the ruined Hindu and Jain Temples.

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What is the best time to visit Champaner pavagadh?

October to February are the best months to visit Champaner Pavagadh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temperature ranges between 12-degree Celsius to 29-degree Celsius with clear blue skies and pleasant weather. However, the summers here are scorching. The temperatures are excruciating, reaching up to 44 degrees. The winters are relatively cooler with the days having an average temperature of 26 degrees while the nights are as cool as 9 degrees.

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What is the best way to reach Champaner pavagadh?

Champaner is well-connected via roadways and is reachable through airlines, trains and road transport. The Vadodara Airport is the closest airport to Champaner. Situated at about 43 to 52 km from the city, Champaner can be reached via a 48 to 80-minute drive.

The Champaner Railway station on Champaner road in Khakariya is the nearest. It is approximately 20 to 30 km from Champaner and can be accessed through a 28 to 35-minute taxi or self-drive. The only bus stand closest to the Champaner city centre is the Champaner ST Depot, which is just about a 5-minute walk away.
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How much does a package cost for Champaner pavagadh?

The packages for Champaner pavagadh start at INR 5000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the things to do in Champaner pavagadh?

The top things to do in Champaner pavagadh are Kalika Mata Temple, Pavagadh Fort, Jain Temples in Pavagadh, Jami Masjid, Lakulisa temple, Kevada mosque. You can see all the places to visit in Champaner pavagadh here

What is the local food in Champaner pavagadh?

One will not find a lot of restaurants near the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaelogical Park, irrespective of the fact that Gujarat is quite renowned for its amazing cuisine. There are a couple of restaurants about 30 kms away from the main location. We have listed them down. No particular cuisine is followed but if you're at it, you shouldn't miss out on the Gujarati thalis. One can also find other cuisines like Chinese, Italian, etc.
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What are the places near Champaner pavagadh?

The top places near to Champaner pavagadh are Udaipur which is 232 km from Champaner pavagadh, Vadodara which is located 41 km from Champaner pavagadh, Anand which is located 60 km from Champaner pavagadh, Ahmedabad which is located 116 km from Champaner pavagadh, Gandhinagar which is located 122 km from Champaner pavagadh

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Pallavi Siddhanta 2 years ago
- Do hire a guide while visiting the Havelis if you are interested in knowing in detail about the monuments.
- The park is open only during the day i.e it opens after sunrise and closes down before sunset.
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