Champaner is an ancient fortified city of Gujarat. It is located at the foothills of Pavagadh, around 159 km from Ahmedabad. The city falls under the Panchmahal district of Gujarat. It is believed that the city derived its name either from the Champa tree or from Champaraj. Champaraj was the founder of the city and a contemporary of King Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwada. Tourism is slowly picking here and people are drawn towards exploring the historical town of the yore. In the late 15th century, Muhammad Begada, the Muslim King of Gujarat captured the fort of Champaner.
In 1484 AD, he decided to build the new capital of Gujarat here. It
took 23 years to complete the construction of the massive project.
Muhammad Begada finally named the town as Muhammadabad. It soon gained
amazing popularity and was established as one of the glorious towns of
western India. It became a major trade center dealing in fine silk,
woven and dyed textile and sword manufacturing. After the death of
Sultan Bahadurshah, the capital was shifted back to Ahmedabad.
Consequently, the town is dotted by the ruins of fort walls, tombs,
gardens, arches, pillars and wells. There are a number of monuments in
Champaner that are worth visiting. The royal palace of Muhammad Begada
is one such building. Vada Talav is a huge lake situated near the
citadel, which is a good place to relax. Amir Manzil is an excavated
site containing a residential area, gardens, houses, water channels and
three gates. The gates are Halol gate, Delhi gate and Godhra gate.
The major mosques found here are Shehar Ki Masjid, Jami Masjid, Kewada
Masjid and Nagina Masjid. Jami Masjid, an architectural marvel of its
times, is an imposing structure with high plinth, tall minarets and
minutely carved gates and windows. Other worth watching buildings here
are the ruins of Khapra Zaveri Palace, Atak gate, Makai Kothar, Kalikat
Temple, Lakulish Temple. Kalikat Temple is a venerated Hindu pilgrimage
for the devotees of Goddess Kali. Millions of people visit the temple
How to Reach Champaner
By Air: To reach Champaner you can fly up to Vadodara.
By Rail: Champaner railway station lies on Vadodara - Godhara
By Road: State buses are available from Ahmedabad and Vadodra.