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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  • This is small hill but you can have rope way to reach the top of here. Thedigamber jain temple and Hindu temple(goddess kalka devi) are on here. Ropeway facilities are also good. You have nice view of...  more »
  • Pavagadh is only hill station near Vadodara and have goddess temple. It's lovely place to visit. You can climb the hill through stairs. You can enjoy the rope way. It beautiful place to enjoy nature.  more »
  • Maha Kali temple attracts people to visit pavagadh. I loved the serene beauty on the way to the temple. you can reach by ropeway too which is what I did. It will make you reach the hilltop within 10mi...  more »

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