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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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  • In the cultural-historical sense, this area is interesting with its monuments of the transitional era from Hinduism to Islam on the territory of Gujarat. Maybe that's why Pavagadh hill didn't acquire ...  more »
  • The Kalika Mata temple is right on top of this hill. So either you can hike all the way up th stoned stair path up the hill or you can opt to take the ropeway to cover the major distance. 
  • We visited Pavagadh hill to visit the famous Kalika Mata Temple. The temple can be accessed via a ropeway which is a good experience. The view from the hill is magnificent. It is a popular tourist att...  more »