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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  • October 2, 2017
    About 40 km from Vadodara Pavagadh hill is a Religious Hindu place. This is one of Shaktipith of 52.& Maha Kali residing at here.On hill we can reach by foot or by roapway..If you reach by roapway you...  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    Best time to Visit a Pavadhad at early morning as you can, We have to visit this place much time but it's beauty never ends. Winter and Moonson are the best season for visit. I recommend use stairs in...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Located 60 km from Vadodara, it is one of the best sites around the city. Religious place with the Temple on the top of the hill. Lovely view in the monsoons.  more »

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