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Pavagadh Hill, Champaner

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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. A volcanic eruption occurred here approximately 500 million years ago and the etymology of its name is associated with eruption: Pavgadh means "one fourth hill" or "fire-hill", though a legend surrounding its formation is that the right foot of Sati is believed to have fallen at Pavagadh and God "sent a large hill as per the request of Rishi Vishwamitra to fill up a deep valley so that the sage's cows do not fall into it." With Champaner, Pavagadh hill forms the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which is spread over an area of more than. The site is east of Vadodara and south of Godhra.GeographyThe hill is a southern Aravalli Range outlier, rising 800m above the surrounding plains. The Dhadhar River and Vishwamitri River originate on the hill. The Surya stream, which also rises on the hill, joins the Vishvamitri. There are five successive plateaus, Kalikamata Plateau, Mauliya Plateau, Bhadrakali Plateau, Machi Plateau and Atak Plateau. Plateau reservoirs (talaos) form a chain up the hill. Other features include dense forest, reddish-orange rhyolite boulders, and a natural cave just below the summit. Strong monsoon breezes blow winds upwards onto steep hill slopes.
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  • God cannot survive here. Horribly dirty. Filth and urine smell. Toilets are so dirty you cannot approach it. Plastic and garbage. Abandoned and broken down buildings. Parking is a joke.  more »
  • This place is accessible by car as well as by stairs but the real thrill is experienced by climbing this hill by stairs  more »
  • This is an ancient Hindu Goddess Temple of Kalika Maata and a pilgrimage place on a hilltop. Though one can walk to the temple from the base camp climbing around 2000 steps, but there is an option of ...  more »