Points of interest in Champaner and Pavagadh include several monuments, forts, palaces, gates, arches, granaries, tombs, mosques, temples, water bodies, step wells etc … a tapestry of heritage and culture that has been woven together by its long and diverse history.
One can spend from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the level of detail that one wants to explore the place.
I had only half a day at my disposal and hence I focused only on some of the prominent locations.
The Pavagadh hill is a part of the UNESCO site and rises to a height of 800 meters above the plains. The route uphill is studded with remains of old fortresses, granaries, gates, water bodies and Jain temples and at the summit lies the famous Kalikamata/Maha Kali temple. This temple is considered as one of the Shakthi Peetas where the toe of goddess had fallen.
A well laid out 4 lane road leads uphill to a plateau called Machi. The 5 km distance takes around 15 min due to the gradient.
En route, one can stop at the Saath Kaman, which were the 7 arches of the old fort on the hill. Currently only 5 arches remain.