Champaner is a historic city in the state of Gujarat, in western India. It is located in Panchmahal district, 47 kilometers from the city of Vadodara. The city was briefly the capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat. It was founded by Vanraj Chavda, the most prominent king of the Chavda Dynasty, in the 8th century. He named it after the name of his friend and general Champa, also known later as Champaraj. By the later 15th century, the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs held Pavagadh fort above the town of Champaner. The young Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada, deciding to attack Champaner, started towards it with his army on 4 December 1482. After defeating the Champaner army, Mahmud captured the town and besieged Pavagadh, the well-known hill-fortress, above Champaner, where king Jayasimha had taken refuge. He captured the Pavagadh fort on 21 November 1484, after a siege of 20 months. He then spent 23 years rebuilding and embellishing Champaner, which he renamed Muhammadabad, after which he moved the capital there from Ahmedabad.
Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Panchmahal district in Gujarat, India. It is located around the historical city of Champaner, a city which was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat.
Pavagadh Hill

Pavagadh Hill is situated within a plain in Panchmahal district, Gujarat, western India. At its base is the historical city of Champaner, while the hill station of Pavagadh was built upon the volcanic cone itself.
Jami Masjid

Jami Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat state, western India, is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is among the 114 monuments there which are listed by the Baroda Heritage Trust.
Kalika Mata Temple

Kalika Mata Temple is a Hindu goddess temple complex and pilgrim center at the summit of Pavagadh Hill in Panchmahal district, India, within the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. It dates from the 10th or 11th centuries.
Lakulisa Temple

Lakulisa temple better-known asPavagadh Temple sits on the zenith of Pavagadh Hill. This marvelous creation dates back to the 10th century, serving as an example of India’s architectural genius.
Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid

Lila Gumbaz Ki Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat state, western India is one of the 114 monuments listed by the Baroda Heritage Trust that are part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Champaner Fort

The lower fortification is the citadel or the Champaner fort. The Champaner Fort was the royal enclosure of Muhammad Begara. It is a perfect rectangle enclosed by massive walls with huge bastions and entrance gates with carved balconies projecting from the top. On the north-west of the citadel is the huge lake - Vada Talav and ruins of Sultan's Palace.
Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary

Exotic wildlife prancing through mystical jungles of teak and bamboo the Jambughoda Sanctuary is a must-visit near Champaner. You will have a good chance of spotting leopards among other remarkable fauna.
Hathni Mata Waterfall

Hathni Mata Waterfall is a 100-meter tall waterfall is said to be one of the best ones in India. The exquisite beauty of the waterfall is unparalleled during monsoon.
Best Time To Visit Champaner

During summers, the temperature of Champaner shoots up above 40°C, making it extremely uncomfortable for sightseeing. It is better to avoid a trip this time. However, if unavoidable, then it is advised to take proper precautions to avoid dehydration and other ailments due to the effect of the scorching sun. Monsoon prevails from June to September. From October to February, as winter sets in, the weather becomes pleasant. The best time to visit the place is after monsoons, that is, from October till February-March, before summer sets in.

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