Pavagadh, a hill fortress, of an early Hindu capital, was later won by Sultan Mahmud and renamed it “Muhammadabad”. The major structures here represent a perfect work of Indo-Islamic Architecture like Jami Masjid (Great Mosque), which was a model for later mosque architecture in subcontinent.
|The Saher-Ki-Masjid (Mosque of the City)|
The site also includes Palaces, Religious Buildings, Residential Buildings etc. A site worth mentioning is the Kalika Mata Temple, which is situated on the hilltop of Pavagadh Hill, and one of the Shaktipeeths of Goddess Durga. Besides this, there are other Jain Temples, Vishnu Temple and several small temples. The Champaner- Pavagadh Site is a place of worship and continuous pilgrimage for Hindu believers.
|View from the hilltop of Pavagadh|
This site was considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year of 2004.
|Windows of the Mosque|
The day I reached my destination was beautiful Sunday of the month of July. I had already convinced my friends the night before this trip to Champaner-Pavagadh. As planned, we caught the first train from Ahmedabad to Vadodara, and reached there by 8:30 am. After enjoying a light breakfast we took a local bus and got to Champaner-Pavagadh by 10:00 am. Having bought tickets to tour the monuments, we started exploring all major sites.
|Gate of the Mosque|
Everything was as beautiful as we had heard or read about in books. I was really impressed to see how well maintained & clean the heritage sites had been kept by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
|Minarets of Mosque of the City|
|Ropeway to Pavagadh Hill|
|View from hilltop|
The famous Hindu temple was flooded by people, and obviously we had to queue up with the other pilgrims and wait for our turn. After completing our worship rituals, we headed towards our final destination of the day i.e. ‘Arch’
|Saat Kamaan or 7 bows: wonderful piece of Architecture’|
Air: Nearest Airport is Vadodara (50 km) and International Airport is Ahmedabad (146 km)
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Vadodara is (50 km) connecting with all major cities of India.
Road: Gujarat State Road Transport bus available for connecting to cities.