Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Gujarat, India. It consists of a concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties. The site is the only complete and unchanged Islamic pre-Mughal city.
Champaner traces its history to the Rajputs of the Chavda dynasty, the rulers of which founded it in the 8th century. In the 15th century, it was ruled by the Chauhans when Muhammad Begda attacked and captured it from the Rana in 1484 AD and renamed it Muhammadabad. This battle was marked by Jauhar and Saka of the Rajputs where the women folk jumped into a holy pyre to escape dishonor at the hands of the Muslim invaders while the men marched for the last battle. The town went through a period of extensive construction and growth and became the capital of Gujarat. The fate of Champaner reversed after an attack by the Mughal emperor Humayun in 1535 AD. The capital was moved to Ahmedabad and Champaner went into a long period of gradual decline. When it was rediscovered by the British, it was a ruined city with most of the population gone and only rundown buildings giving an indication into its glorious past.
A fair takes place at the Kalikamata Temple on top of Pavagadh Hill every year.
Weather is generally sunny. The best time to go there is between October to February.
Champaner-Pavagadh is 45 kilometres from Vadodara, one of the prominent cities of Gujarat.
The nearest airport is Vadodara Airport.
The nearest major Railway Station is Vadodara Railway Station.
Connected by Highway
The only way to get around the site is by foot.
See also International Telephone Calls
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