Gujarat tourism- Pavagadh!

Vadodara is my hometown and I used to visit Pavagadh frequently with family as it is hardly 45 km from the city. We take our car and move to the destination visiting Jambughoda on the way. Pavagadh is the pilgrimage center in Gujarat famous for Kalika Mata temple.

Pavagadh history

According to Hindu mythology, Pavagadh is known for Kalika Mata Temple situated at the top of the hill, 762 m above sea level. The Rajput King Vanraj Chawda established the Champaner in which Pavagadh is located. According to folk tales, once Mahakali Mata assumed the human form and performed Garba during Navratri. The goddess cursed the last Patai ruler for his ill-intentions and  Mahmud Begada killed him in the 15th century.

Mahmud Begada shifted the capital from Ahmedabad to Champaner for a period and developed the area. At present, Halol and Kalol towns located near Champaner are developed industrially.

Kalika Mata Temple

Kalilka Maata temple and Dargah in Pavagadh

Kalika Mata Temple is situated at the peak of the hill within the Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park. Millions of devotees every year visit the Hindu pilgrim center. We are the residents of Vadodara, Gujarat and as such we often plan to go for religious zeal. It is around 45 to 46 km away from our residence.

The dense forests surround the Pavagadh Mahakali Temple. You can reach there through trolleys or ropeway. Alternately, you can take a walking route if you have the stamina. You can reach the temple after climbing stairs as it is located at the summit of the hill.

We opted for ropeway and reached the small market under the hill. You can buy the dainty from the passage to offer to the deity.

We move up the stairs to the temple that has three images of red color-Kalika Maata in the center, Mahakali to the right and Bahuchara Mata on the left. The complex has both Hindu and Muslim shrines.

Pavagadh attractions

Pavagardh in Gujarat is famous for Jain temples, Vada talav, Virasat van, Dudhiya Talav besides Kalika Mata temple. The Jain shrines have three groups- Navlakka temples, Tirthankaras temples, and Pavagadh Digamber Dharamshala temples. Digamber temple is 5000 years old and is worth visiting.

Machi Haveli is a part of Champaner tourism and is accessible through local transport. It is situated 490m above on a plateau. You will find rest houses, homes and hotels to relax and unwind at this place. The remains of the Raval Palace exist here.

Champaner-Pavagarh archaeological park is the Hindu pilgrimage site while the architecture is a mix of Hindu and Muslim styles. The place exhibit previous cultures dating back to Mehmud Begda. The site is vulnerable, and it contains the remains of ancient structures comprising temples, palaces, water installations, and fortresses. UNESCO has included the site in world heritage list.

The other tourist attractions are Lila Gumbaj ki Masjid, Sahar ki Masjid, Sadanshah Pir dargah and Jama Masjid.

Pavagadh has many resorts and hotels to reside in. The pilgrims, Hindu and Muslims, both visit the place to worship from different places.

Best time to visit Champaner-Pavagadh

We are living close to the site, so we often find time to visit the place time and again. The most suitable time to view the spot is from February to June. Avoid going in the rainy season due to slippery stairs and hills. You can plan a trip to Pavagadh in all other seasons.

Pavagadh in Champaner is a unique place combining both Hindu and Muslim pilgrimage sites due to previous rulers of different creeds. It combines religion for devoted persons and scenic beauty pleasing the aesthetic senses at one location. The temples are situated amidst greenery among beautiful hills giving one more reason to visit the site.

Top 5 destinations to spend holidays in India

India is a land of cultural integrity uniting diverse traditions into one garland. If you are planning for India tour, you must prepare a trip preferably with a travel agency to these 5 top exotic destinations to appreciate the beauty of the country.

1. Jaisalmer

A beautiful view of Jaiselmer
Jaisalmer

If you are fond of exploring the place you are visiting, and you want to see the Indian culture in its purest form, Jaisalmer is the most suitable destination to travel.  It is a part of the glorious state of Rajasthan worth visiting for a camel ride, cultural performances, historical monuments, museums and more.

Cultural dance of Rajasthan
Jaisalmer

I suggest hiring a guide or a tour package to explore the place as every nook and corner has its specialties and you might miss the real taste.

Advancement in tourism in the royal state of Rajasthan is cycling tours arranged by many companies. All the cities in the state are worth visiting time and again as every location has something unique to offer. The same is the case with Jaisalmer; the town is beautiful with many exciting activities to do.

  • Daytime activities- You can start your trip to this beautiful city early in the morning by cycling or walk, if you feel convenient. The forts and palaces are amazing with historical background. Appreciate the beauty of the sandy state in marvelous citadels designed scientifically to flabbergast the artistic and creative minds of the makers. Another attraction of this princely state is the Rajasthani feast, somewhat spicy but mouth-watering. The rural people of Jaisalmer follow the real culture of Rajasthan. The way of dressing, festival celebration embraces the cultural ethics of the state. Camel ride is an activity specially meant for tourists who visit the place for enjoyment.

Culture of Rajasthan

  • Night relaxation– After a hectic day in the city, you need to relax, and the best way to relax is to watch and enjoy the cultural dance performance along with the delicious cuisine.

Be prepared to enjoy the fun during India tour in the city with glorious past!

2. Goa

Stunning beaches of Goa
Goa

The most visited destination in western India is Goa. Tourists love to visit this place due to its nightlife, cathedrals and grand architecture. If you are planning to visit Goa in a group, then I suggest staying in a rented house else hire a hotel room.

The best season to visit Goa is winters mainly from November to March. The cheapest way to travel is by a bus while the other means are taxis, cars, autorickshaws, and trains.

  • Daytime activities- The favorite daytime activity is spending time on stunning sea beaches for a sunbath or water sports. Pools and water slides are common in water parks, water rafting in rivers, water skiing, snorkeling, sports fishing, banana ride and jet skiing are few others thrilling sports in Goa. Camping and Trekking are two other activities to be enjoyed in the adventurous state.
  • Nightlife in Goa- Though Goa is the smallest state in India yet the exciting nightlife has popularized the place so much that folks from all around the world like to visit Goa to sing and dance near the sea after sunset. The nightclubs, bars, pubs, and discos in Goa attract tourists to party all night. If you are fond of shopping, Saturday Flea market and night bazaars are open to enjoy shopping a variety of things including spices, clothes and footwear, perfumes, accessories, home décor items and more. Furthermore, spending nights on a boat in party cruises is yet another option for enjoyment. The tourists also try their luck in gambling in casinos. These are also available on ships. The possibilities are many; you have to choose the best one.

    3. Mt. Abu

    Mt. Abu, Rajasthan

The only hill station of Rajasthan- Mt. Abu provides relaxing and soothing atmosphere away from the clamor of busy cities. The best time to travel Abu is during monsoons. You can watch the excellent weather as fog falls leaving mist when you cannot see beyond a certain distance. The weather is favorable and the peaceful environment calms the soul.

  • Daytime activities- The best thing to do during daytime is sight-seeing as Nakki Lake, and Dilwara temples are famous sights in Mt. Abu to visit. Trekking is enjoyable if you are fond of the activity as the city is full of rocky hills. Guru Shikhar is the highest peak of Aravalli range situated at a 15 km distance from Mt Abu. A small cave temple at this peak is worth visiting and a great tourist attraction. Boating is popular at Nakki lake and spectacular Sunset point leaves an imprint or an unforgettable experience of the visit. The orange colored sun setting behind the hills is a magnificent view of nature.
  • Night time- As the sun sets the foggy wind pervades the atmosphere making the things misty and the weather romantic. The environment is tourist friendly almost the whole year but winters and monsoon are the best time periods to visit the place. A simple walk on the peaceful roads at night time in groups or alone is suggested to take a sip of the beauty of nature. Feel the air, enjoy the light rains!

    4. Shimla

    Shimla

The hilly capital of beautiful state Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, has been a site of tourist attraction in India from the very beginning. Some visitors love to play in snow during winters while others enjoy cloudy atmosphere during July to September. The cleanliness and natural beauty are the two perfect features that attracts tourist towards the city. You can stay at expensive hotels or budget-friendly inns or houses

  • Daytime activities- The first thing to enjoy in Shimla is sunrise brightening the atmosphere. You can visit the beautiful hills and valleys during day time in the city. The Mall Road and Jhaku temple are other tourist attractions. Go for shopping in Lakkar Bazar or plan a trip to Kufri or summer hill to enjoy the weather and beautiful sites. The hill station is romantic and as such best destination for couples. If you love adventures, you can go for trekking, rafting, mountaineering, horse riding and skating.
  • Nightlife- Nightclubs as Footloose, Pub, Himani bar and others are best for enjoyment at night time. The Ridge in Shimla is worth watching during evening and night. The sunset exhibit a magnificent view of this place and the location seems beautiful in twilight but beware of the cold weather at night.

5. Manali

"The
Manali

Another heaven on earth, Manali, well-known for its natural beauty and nice weather is situated in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh. When you are on India tour, it is one of the best destinations for honeymoon and holidays. If you love snowfall and fond of low temperature fun then winter is the best time to travel the place. However, people love to visit the hill station during summer to escape the scorching heat of the season. You can enjoy trekking, paragliding, rafting during this season.

Day time activities- Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Manikaran Gurudwaara and Hadimba devi temple are the places to visit in Manali during day time. The place is the best destination for honeymoon in summers and winters as the location has many places to visit and the weather is romantic to let you play lovey-dovey. If you love to see architectural grandeur, you can quench your thirst by visiting Vashisht temple and Manu temple. The hindu mythology says that sage Manu meditated this place in the city and Vashisht temple is named after the famous sage Rishi Vashisht. The hot spring in the Vashisht temple is well known for its medicinal values and people used to bathe in this water.

Night life in Manali– The place is chilled enough at night but if you dare enough to move out at night, there are few places to dance and enjoy. The cafes, restaurants, hotels, clubs and overnight camps are best ones to chill out at night.

Choose the best place according to your nature and find India at its best. Search for the best travel tour package from yatra.com or makemytrip.com to avail attractive discounts. Plan an India tour now!