Champaner, a historical city in the state of Gujarat, is located 50 km from Vadodara, in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. Champaner was founded by Vanraj Chavda, the most prominent king of the Chavda Dynasty, in the 8th century CE. He named it after the name of his friend and general Champa, also known later as Champaraj.
Champaner is today the site of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which UNESCO designated a World Heritage Site in 2004. This park holds a lot of historical as well as mythological significance in itself. The Park comprises of a plethora of splendid architectural wonders consisting of both Hindu & Islamic styles of design. Laid by the Mughal ruler, Mahmud Begda in the 10th century, the ancient fort of Pavgadha is perhaps the oldest piece of architecture in Champaner. This hilltop fortress is an integral part of the Pavagadh hill landscape. There are numerous archaic Hindu and Jain temples here, which are popular tourist attractions.
Explorations & Experiences in Champaner–
- Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
- Jami Masjid
- Kalika Mata Temple
- Pavagadh Fort
- Lakulisa Temple
- Nagina Masjid
- Kevda Masjid
- Jain Temple