Champaner places to visit
The present day Champaner is a walled town, located on the foothills of the Pavagarh hills. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2004, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is now a popular tourist destination in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat. As visitors approach the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, they are greeted by the scenic attractions of Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary standing tall amid the plains, giving them the first hint of the surprises that await them at the Park. The site also includes fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations that dates back to 8th to 14th centuries. The famed Kalikamata Temple located at the top of Pavagadh Hill is considered to be an important shrine, attracting large numbers of pilgrims throughout the year. Goddess Kalika Mata is the presiding deity of this temple, who is portrayed and worshipped in the form of a red coloured head known as mukhwato. This wonderful site is perhaps amongst a few unaffected pre-Islamic Mughal cities in India. Sprawled across the descending plateau of the Pavagadh hill, the Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park creates a stunning visual landscape of natural and man-made environments. A mud path on the Pavagadh hill leads to the fascinating Saat Kamman (Seven Arches). Few ancient monuments of this archeological park comprise a chain of fortifications, which are spread from the grasslands to the hilltop of Pavagarh. With the shimmering rays of the sun lending a golden hue to the sandstone, and the azure sky providing a pleasing contrast, all the mosques are a spectacular sight to behold. For those seeking an offbeat weekend getaway with a blend of history and adventure, and a dash of spirituality and heritage, BestWay2India recommends taking our exclusive Champaner Archaeological Park tours.