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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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  • Starting point of Western Ghats. Feel like burning a few calories? Simply take a hike up this hill. There's ropeway facility for those who can't hike. You can have some excellent views of Pavgadh fort...  read more »
  • The Pavagadh Hill has quite a few religious sites (for example the famous Kalika Mata Temple, Jain Mandirs etc.) and other historical monuments such as the Pavagadh fort, Sat Kaman, Sat Manzil etc. Mo...  read more »
  • Veryfew westerners in this pilgrimage site. Beautiful site and grand views from the top and from the cable-car. Worth the wait in line to take the cable-car and inside the temple at the top. Very inte...  read more »
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