This amazing heritage site is full of forts and bastions – extending from the hills of Pavagargh and extending into the city of Champaner.. Champaner. Gujarat. Pavagadh. cultural sanctuaries. World Heritage Site.
UNESCO sites are places with cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance. Read ahead to know UNESCO sites in Gujarat. See list.
Winters bring out the best at Unesco World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh with the annual Panchmahotsav kicking off.
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The article gives you information about some of the lesser-known destinations of India which one must visit in 2018, such as Devikulam, Champaner, etc. Read on further to know more.
India is a country which is home to many explored and unexplored gems. While there are plenty of places which are yet to be discovered and visited, most of us prefer to visit the popular ones simply due to the fact that they continue to attract people from across the globe. However, there are plenty of places in the country which are craving for attention. These places are truly hidden gems which need to be explored. If you happen to be one of the those people who travel to unknown destinations to run away from the crowds and chaos of a popular place, India is a country which is home to plenty of such destinations.
These offbeat places to visit in Gujarat in 2018 should be on your bucket list.
It’s a big day for Gujarat. The much-anticipated results of the recently held Gujarat election 2017 will be out in a bit. Who will end up winning the state is anybody’s guess but one thing that will not change regardless of the election result is Gujarat’s charm and unusual beauty. Gujarat is home to some amazing temples and beautiful beaches as well as a lesser-known hill station, all of which are great places to visit during winter. While some of Gujarat’s attractions are fairly popular, there are a few that not many travelers even know of. 2017 is now drawing to a close but it’s not too late to start planning your travels for 2018.
Ahmedabad is a beautiful city of Gujarat, vibrant with a royal heritage. The city is filled with places to visit such as the Bhadra Fort, Dada Hari Ni Vav, Teen Darwaza, to name a few. Heritage walks are arranged by the government to visit all the places in the city. What’s more, it is the first Indian city that became a World Heritage City! But for a person living in Ahmedabad, this might not be news. The explorer in you might crave for something more than just the heritage of Ahmedabad. For those who experience this, and are looking for more places with rich heritage to visit, here are the 5 quickest getaways from Ahmedabad, that you must plan to travel to.
To spend a day or two in a royal historical city, visit Champaner of Gujarat.
Gujarat is a state full of wonders – both natural and man-made. I have lived the the state more than any other in the country and love almost everything about it. I have written extensively about Gujarat, and here’s another special post about UNESCO World Heritage sites in the state – Rani ni Vav and Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.
But what exactly is a UNESCO World Heritage site?
UNESCO world heritage sites are places with cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance, and they are also internationally protected. In fact for a place to be called a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a matter of extreme pride and every year numerous places vie to be included in this list.
The Taj Mahal
The list is incomplete without Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a mausoleum. It was built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal who had died in 1631. It is a large edifice made in white marble in typical Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.
Red Fort Complex
Red Fort Complex, also known as Lal Qila is a palace fort built in the 17th century by Shahjahan, as part of his new capital city of Shahjahanabad. located to the north of Delhi. It represents the glory of the Mughal rule and is considered the Highpoint of Mughal architectural, artistic aesthetic creativity. The architectural design of the structures built within the fort represents a blend of Persian, Timuri and Indian architectural styles
It is said “Old places have soul” and those are unconditional words for Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in north-west India, and has archaeological remains that date from the 8th to 16th century.
Champaner is located at a distance of 50 km from Baroda and at the foothill of the Pavagadh hill in Gujarat. What makes Champaner only one of its kind is the blend of Hinduism, Jainism and Islamism. The Champaner-Pavagadh area was under the control of the Rajputs for 200 years. Even though it was Gujarat’s ancient capital city , it fell into rapid decline, was largely abandoned and for several centuries was neglected and almost deserted. The British visited and refounded the town of Champaner in 1803 and it became a great exporter of silk.
Move over the Taj, here are five lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
India is renowned for its rich history and heritage. It is home to some of the finest historic monuments in the world. Be it the magnificent mausoleum of Taj Mahal or the ancient ruins of Hampi, India’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are popular all across the globe. They feature on the bucket list of many a traveler. No wonder these monuments are India’s most visited tourist attractions. However, there are several UNESCO world heritage sites in India that are not as popular as the Taj Mahal. You may not even have heard of some of them. (ALSO SEE 5 temples in India best known for their erotic sculptures) Here are five such relatively lesser known UNESCO sites that are every bit as stunning as the popular ones and deserve your attention.
Just to the south of Rajasthan is the coastal state of Gujarat. Home to many ancient civilisations, a unique culture and people, it will always have unique sites worthy of a visit.
To celebrate the state, we teamed up with Deccan Odyssey and count down five destinations in Gujarat that are well worth a visit.
Best Time To Visit Gujarat: Nov – Feb
The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Near Vadodara
This UNESCO World Heritage site is located just around the historic city of Champaner, filled with forts and neighbouring hills of Pavagadh. Along the imposing forts, expect to find many temples, both Hindu and Jain, five beautiful mosques and a few small palaces.
This Unesco World Heritage site in India had been on my travel list for a long time. So when friends living in Ahmedabad invited me to join them for a trip to the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, it could not have been more serendipitous.
The park includes the sacred 762m volcanic hill, Pavagadh, and the heritage settlement of Champaner at its base, with a fortress, mosques, temples and stepwells.
It took us just a few hours to cover the 146km distance from Ahmedabad to Machi, a small town that serves as a base for Pavagadh. From there, you have to choose between a hiking trail to the top or an udan khatola—a cable car, in modern parlance. The climb seemed steep, so we decided to take the cable car.