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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  • Champaner-Pavagadh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pavagadh hill is famous mostly for the rope-way + trek to the Kalika Mata temple atop the Pavagadh hill. You can take a rope-way for 5-6 mins an...  more »
  • A nice getaway from the busy city of Baroda. Beautiful views from the hill of Pavagadh. Definitely worth the stop.  more »
  • One of the shaktipeeths, place is just divine. Hikers and adventure enthusiasts must give it a try, not much for the foreigners as might be a lil difficult for them to comprehend(I guess) Traveling to...  more »
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  • Great place for one day excursions. Do visit Champaner as well for the 7 stone arches. Perfect location for photography
  • A must place to visit in Gujarat.. especially those who like hiking.. Make the climb from the extreme bottom and try to finish in one stretch.. You'll enjoy.. The reward is awaited on the top in the form of Blessings from Mataji..
  • Nice place. Temple of Mata Kali and also visit the champaner the world heritage site.
  • Best place for visitors who wants to enjoy nature with get worship of goddess and this place is also very famous for wild animals. In animals there are bear and cheetah .
  • Fantastic hill station near to Baroda. Amazing views, ropeway and nature.

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