Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park

Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park




Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Perspective on Jama masjid in Champaner

Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park is situated in GujaratChampaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park

Area of Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park in Gujarat

Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in Panchmahal area in Gujarat, India. It is situated around the verifiable city of Champaner, a city which was worked by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat. The legacy site is studded with posts with bastions beginning from the slopes of Pavagadh, and reaching out into the city of Champaner. The recreation center's scene incorporates archaeological, memorable and living social legacy landmarks, for example, chalcolithic destinations, a slope stronghold of an early Hindu capital, and stays of the sixteenth century capital of the province of Gujarat. There are royal residences, entrance doors and curves, mosques, tombs and sanctuaries, private buildings, farming structures and water establishments, for example, stepwells and tanks, dating from the eighth to the fourteenth hundreds of years. The Kalika Mata Temple, situated over the 800 meters (2,600 ft) high Pavagadh Hill, is an imperative Hindu place of worship in the locale, drawing in huge quantities of travelers all through the year.]

The progress among Hindu and Muslim culture and engineering in the late fifteenth to mid sixteenth century is archived in the recreation center, especially the early Islamic and pre-Mughal city that has stayed with no change. It was engraved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004.


Way on Pavagadh Hill

The Champaner-Pavagadh legacy site is spread over a region of in excess of 1,329 hectares (3,280 sections of land) with a cushion zone of 2,812 hectares (6,950 sections of land). Notwithstanding the Primary Heritage Zone of 983.27 hectares (2,429.7 sections of land), there are a few different destinations which include: Kabutarkhana, Maqbara, Maqbara Mandvi, Maqbara close Patidar Village, Malik Sandal Ni Vav, Hathikhana, Sindh Mata, Sikander Ka Reuza, Babakhan Ki Dargah, Nau Kuan Sat Vavdi, and Chandrakala Vav. The site is 50 kilometers (31 mi) east of Baroda and 42 miles (68 km) south of Godhra, whose history is recorded from the second century AD and which has numerous religious landmarks of Gujarati Sultans (of Turkish plunge), Rajputs, and Jains. It incorporates the Palace of Mahmud Begada, grandson of Ahmed Shah, who established Ahmedabad City, Jama Masjid and different mosques. The setting is undulating hillocks and levels. There are steep shake exposures framed by antiquated volcanic emissions and magma streams.

Champaner is situated at 22°30'N 73°30'E, around 1 mile (1.6 km) toward the south of Pavagadh Hill. Pavagadh Hill ascends to a stature of 800 meters (2,600 ft), has a geographical setting of rosy yellow stone, and is viewed as one of the most seasoned shake developments in India. The most noteworthy purpose of the slope exhibits an undulating forested geology toward Jambughoda. The Pavagadh Hill has a recorded fortification where the antiquated Kalika Mata Temple is arranged. The way to the summit goes through numerous old entryways and slices through staircase-like characteristic edges of shake with abrupt sides. Halfway up this way is a level territory strewn with rocks. Over this point there is an extremely steep scarp with a marble sanctuary and two lamp towers.

Oil painting on paper, Champaner, 1879
Demolished tomb at Champaner, 1893

Early history

Based on early archeological remains and as per records, the zone had just been possessed in the chalcolithic period; in any case, it stayed disregarded until around 400 AD. The history likewise reports a nearby legend that the eternality of the slopes was gotten from the correct toe of the goddess Kalika, which had obviously fallen on the slope.

The name Champaner is gotten from Champa, who was either a Vania or a Kanbi. He set up this city amid the standard of Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwad Patan (from 746 to 806 AD). In the eleventh century, Ram Gaur Tuar ruled, and Champaner was under the Anhilwad until 1297 or so when they were crushed by Alauddin Khalji, who made it their fortress. Amid this period, the Chauhan Rajput had additionally settled in Champaner. The Pavagadh Hill was the place the Solanki lords and Khichi Chauhans manufactured posts and administered from. In any case, they lost their power in Champaner in 1484. In 1418 and in around 1450, Khichis figured out how to ward off their neighbor, Rao of Idar, and the Muslim leaders of Ahmedabad, on account of the insurance given by the slope. Be that as it may, in 1483, when Mahmud Begada's skipper, Malik Asad, was striking through Champaner, he was assaulted and murdered by Raval Jaisingh. What resulted in the next years was the finished thrashing of the Rajputs by Sultan Begada. The slope was encompassed and the fortress held under attack for over a year and was at long last caught on 17 November 1484, when Kivamul Mulk and Malik Ayaz Sultani entered the dividers and broke the principle door, pulverized the military and harmed the pioneers of the Gurjars. Raval Jaisingh was injured and for a half year was given reprieve however was then murdered since he would not change over to Islam.

Pavadagh Hill

Raval's child, in any case, changed over to Islam and was made an honorable with the title "Nizam-ul-Mulk". After the stronghold was seized, Mahmud renamed the city "Muhmudabad Champaner". It was amid this period that Mahmud established the framework stone for his mosque. He fabricated expound fancy structures, invigorated both the fortresses, made the slope post his Mauliya (which means Lord of the Hill) and his stronghold over a time of 23 years and in the long run moved his capital from Ahmadabad to Champaner.

Amid this period, Champaner was well known for mangoes, sandalwood trees (utilized then for house building and sword cutting edges), and bright silks. Dealers and experts flourished. Mahmud kicked the bucket in 1511 and his successors kept on decision from Champaner until the passing of Bahadur Shah (1536). The city of Champaner had been great arranged with avenues and whitewashed stone houses. In 1526, youthful Sikander Shah kicked the bucket and Bahadur Shah turned into the following leader of Champaner. In 1535, the Mughal Emperor Humayun attacked Champaner and plundered the coffers. Upon Bahadur's passing in 1536, the capital and the court moved back to Ahmadabad. The city fell into fast decrease, was to a great extent relinquished and for a few centuries was ignored and nearly left.

Later history
General perspective on the Nagina Masjid, 1885

The British visited the town of Champaner in 1803, at which time there were just 500 individuals living there. The old city was in remains and uncontrollably congested. They refounded it and it turned into an extraordinary exporter of silk, with offices for washing and getting ready crude silk. Notwithstanding, a cholera plague decreased the populace to 400 families by 1812. At the point when the British at long last usurped the territory on 13 July 1829, it was nearly left; endeavors around then to populate the spot by accepting cultivators with a motivation of Rs 1260 to build up the terrains around then additionally fizzled. In 1879, a couple Bhil and Naikda clans lived there, yet throughout the following couple of years, it turned out to be notable in India for its rulers and the landmarks deserted by them.

In the most recent decade the site has gotten consideration by archeologists and Heritage Trusts working in the region to form it into a vacation spot and a World Heritage Site. The Baroda Heritage Trust stepped up to the plate toward this path and did a scene investigation of the previous urban focus. A Master Plan for an archeological park was produced for Champaner City and Pavagarh as a social asylum, and the Archeological Survey of India, bolstered by the Baroda Heritage Trust, presented a proposition to UNESCO to announce the site a World Heritage Site. In July 2004, UNESCO affirmed the proposition and engraved the site on the World Heritage List with the legitimization of its "joint noteworthiness as a living Hindu journey focus, its bunch of Jain sanctuaries, its momentous protected medieval urban texture, its dazzling sandstone-cut mosques and tombs and its immaterial legacy values."Tourism in the zone was influenced by the Godhra Hindu-Muslim uproars, bringing about clashing interests in creating foundation, for example, streets, ropeway and settlement offices for the pioneers and sightseers visiting the different landmarks in this site.

City arranging

Staying at the site are the Royal areas inside sustained dividers, the passage entryway or the city door, the mosque outside the fortresses, the imperial walkway driving into the royal residence, and the second walled in area comprising of unexplored Jahanpanah.The urban arranging of the city uncovers well laid and cleared avenues which lead to the downtown area. The local location comprises of places of both rich and poor; rich individuals' homes are worked with picturesque gardens and water channels. Open parks and structures encompass the lodging complex. In any case, sanctuaries, mosques and tombs are generally amassed in the Pavagarh Hills. The stroll up the slope from the fields is known as the Patha (explorer's course); viewed as the "spirit of Champaner", it has a huge number of steps and is decorated with fancy and basic structures.


The monuments include:

  • Champaner
  • Bawaman Mosque
  • Cenotaph of Kevda Masjid
  • Cenotaph of Nagina Masjid
  • Citadel walls
  • City Gate near Kasbin Talao
  • City walls at south-east corner of the citadel going up the hill
  • East and South Bhadra Gates
  • Fortresses and walls
  • Gate No. 1 on Pavagarh hill (Atak Gate)
  • Gate No. 2 (with three gateways, Budhiya gate)
  • Gate No. 3 (Moti gate, Sadanshah-Gate)
  • Gate No. 4 with big bastion with cells in the interior
  • Gate No. 5 near Machi (Gulan Bulan Gate)
  • Gate No. 6 (Buland Darwaza)
  • Gate No. 7 near iron bridge (Makai Gate)
  • Gate No. 8 (Tarapore Gate)
  • Helical stepped well
  • Jami Masjid
  • Kabutarkhana Pavilion on the north bank of Wada Talao near Khajuri Masjid
  • Kamani Masjid
  • Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph
  • Lila Gumbaz ki Masjid, Chapaner
  • Makai Kothar
  • Mandvi or Custom House
  • Mint above Gate No4
  • Nagina Masjid
  • Navlakha Kothar
  • Palace of Patai Rawal with tanks
  • Pavagad hill
  • Sahar ki Masjid (Bohrani)
  • Sakar Khan's Dargah
  • Sat Manzil between gate Nos. 4 and 5 right up to bastions on top
  • Stepwell north of Jama Masjid
  • The fort of Pavagad and ruined Hindu and Jain temples on the top of Pavagad hills
  • Three cells inside the citadel wall between Sahar ki Masjid the local fund Dharmashala
  • Tomb with a big dome in the centre and small corner domes on way to Khajuri Masjid near Wada Talao
  • Walls of fort on top

Nearest railway Station

Champaner Road railway station is a small railway station in Panchmahal district, Gujarat. Its code is CPN. It serves Champaner village. The station consists of three platforms

Nearest Airport

Vadodara airport is the nearest airport, 42 kilometres from the place,
Ahmedabad International Airport is also nearest to Champaner at a distance of 125 kilometres.


The best time to visit Champaner-Pavagadh
Between October and February is the the best time to visit Champaner Pavagadh,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Temperature will be between 12to 29 C.

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