Champaner is a city situated in the Panchmahal district of the state of Gujarat. This is at a distance of nearly 47 kilometres from Vadodara. Champaner was a pilgrimage site for a period of over hundred years. It was founded by a prominent king named Vanraj Chavda of the Chavda Dynasty. Founded in the 8th century, the city served to be the capital of Gujarat for short duration. The city was named after General Champa, who was a close friend of the king.
The city is known for the famous Pavagarh fort which is an important place of tourist interest. Champaner gives a view of an ancient city with palaces, forts and mosques. It is a well preserved city with the temples of Jain and Hindu religions, apart from numerous ancient mosques from the time of Gujarat dynasty. The city portrays a view of a well-planned city with constructions such as granaries and cemeteries.
The city came in the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO in the year 2004. Champaner is famous for an Archaeological park situated here. The famous Bollywood movie ‘Lagaan’was shot here which also adds to the popularity of this place. Champaner is also known for the famous Jama Masjid built by Sultan Begada which is an immensely fine architectural structure in the state of Gujarat. A study conducted in the year 1969 by the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda brought out certain facts about the long lost identity of this city. Champaner travel guide gives you an insight into the unique culture and glorious historical past of this amazing city.