Places to Visit in Pavagadh
Merely 47 km from Baroda, the archeologically rich heritage of Pavagadh has surrounding of the lush green mountainous region in the state of Gujarat. In the year 2006, it was proclaimed as a world heritage site because of its ancient architectural significance, resulting in a gradual increase of tourism and archaeological study. Pavagadh is famous for its scenic sites and various structures dating as far back as 11th century. Here are some of the most popular destinations in Pavagadh.
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
The entire township of Champaner-Pavagadh is primarily an archaeological park that is pretty vast and scattered that it has grown into a town. Sultan Mahmud Begada, ruler of Gujarat build this park with religious buildings of both the Hindu and Muslim faith. Other than this, ancient forts and other buildings including structures like palaces, entrance gates, arches, tombs, residential complexes, agricultural structures and water installations stand tall today.
The famous Mahakali Temple is the most prominent of all the temples in the Pavagadh region and is located at 550 meters above ground level. Staircases have been carved into the rocky terrains of the mountain for ease of travel by pilgrims and tourists. On either side of the temple at the mountain base, the twin lakes of Teliya Talab and Dudhia Talab can be seen.
One of the first sights that serve as an identification sign of entering in Pavagadh. Manchi fort was home to the armed forces of the Solanki Kingdom and is now considered a world heritage site. A lot of work has been carried out in the maintenance of this monument. Recently, one can observe the massive gates of this monument and explore the vicinity where the Solanki once walked. Although in ruins, some of the building walls are still intact and can be viewed by the tourists.
A small mountainous trek away from the Old Jain Temple is the Navlakha Kothar. It is a group of dome shaped buildings that were used as granaries for the Solanki armies. This building is a spot on example of the cultivation and storage practices of the past civilizations. The Navlakha Kothar is surrounded mostly by rocks and sand built on the edge of a cliff with a panoramic view of the vast valley and open skies.
Many water bodies in the Pavagadh region provide nourishment to the forests and supply proper flow for the natives. Besides this, the beauty and serenity one experiences following the trail of river Vishvamitri is unparalleled. Vishwamitri is named after the great Rishi Vishwamitra and proposed as the place where Vishwamitra once meditated.
An alternative route to Mahakali Temple for tourists and pilgrims, the ropeway provides a comfortable transportation and an awe-striking view at the same time. Visitors can board the ropeway in a nominal fee at the base station below the hill and ride it all the way up to the Temple. The ropeway started in the year 1986 is still in function till date. Funding procured from tourists through this ropeway in Pavagadh is used for preservation and maintenance of this heritage site.