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.
Not many accomodation facilities available in Champaner. But one can set their base as Halol or Vadodara and experience the magnificence of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. There are a lot of accomodation options in Vadodara, because it is one of the major cities of Gujrat.
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.
The best way to explore the beauty of this place is to travel by foot, though the option of hiring horses is also available. It is a gigantic place but the locales are so splendid that you certainly wouldn't mind treading a few miles for sure.
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.
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.