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Explore Gujarat

Places of interest in Gujarat

Kalidevi Temple

The ropeway connects to Famous Shaktipeeth of Maa Kalidevi. Maa Sati’s right toe finger had fallen on the temple site. It is situated in UNESCO declared world heritage site of Champaner, Pavagardh. Please click here to book Kalidevi Ropeway Tickets

Ambaji Temple

The ropeway connects to the famous Shaktipeeth of Maa Ambadevi. Maa Sati’s heart had fallen on temple site, which is just 25 kilometers away from Mt. Abu. Please click here to book Ambaji Ropeway Tickets

Places of interest around Kalidevi Ropeway

Champaner – Pavagarh

45Km from Vadodra

Many great cities of antiquity around the world, were the centre of their civilization for centuries, only to be lost to the ages, and then rediscovered centuries or millennia later, reduced to rubble and ruins, with only the largest structures still standing, and the rest mere shadows.

Champaner is such a place. Here you can find an old palace, fort, several mosques, but also walk the ancient streets just as its inhabitants did five centuries ago. Champaner was an out-of-the-way pilgrimage site for hundreds of years, became the capital of Gujarat, and was then abandoned to be overtaken by the jungle. The city rose and fell almost as fast as the modern stock market, but left behind far more aesthetic remains. The city is remarkably well-preserved, with thousand years old Hindu & Jain temples; and mosques from the times of Gujarat Sultanate. The workings of a well-planned capital city is still in evidence, from granaries and fortifications to step wells and cemeteries. Champaner became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary

70 Km from Vadodra & 20 Km from Kalidevi Ropeway

An easy destination to combine with a visit to Champaner is the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a mere 20 km away. Full of forests of teak and mahuda trees, bamboo, and other lush vegetation, Jambughoda is home to large populations of many kinds of wildlife. The leopard at the top of the food chain is the primary predator, and its numbers have been increasing recently. Other large wildlife include the wild boar, nilgai (blue bull, the largest antelope in Asia), jackal, hyena, barking deer, sloth bear, and chausingha (four-horned antelope).

Before independence, the region belonged to the princely state of Jambughoda. The valleys that have nestled in the well-forested hills, have always been home to many tribal settlements. There are many places to hike through the forests in the sanctuary, thus making it is a marvelous camping site. For those inexperienced at camping, a forest rest house is available beside the Kada reservoir, one of the two reservoirs in the sanctuary.

Pavagarh Fort and Early Temples

2 Km from Kalidevi Ropeway

The earliest part of the Champaner compound, the Pavagarh fort was an important fortress of the Solanki kingdom. The walls of the fort are still standing in parts, as are parts of the earliest known Hindu temple, a Lakulisa temple dating back to the 10th or 11th century. Other Hindu and Jain temples dating back to the 13th-15th centuries are of the Nagara style.

Nearby Hotels / Accommodation

Hotel Chapaner, Manchi – 0281-2473466, 09824030645; 09574855500

Hotel Heritage – 02676 320955, 081280 68252

Hotel Sarvottam – 02676 247223 / 224, 08511099223 / 224

Places of interest around Ambaji

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

15Km from Ambaji, 178 Km from Ahmedabad

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is situated in the Banaskantha district. Declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in May 1978, this 180.66 Sq Km forest tract, of Jessore hill and adjoining areas is endowed with several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This area acts as a buffer and separates the desert ecosystem from the dry deciduous type of ecosystem. The tree clad terrain helps in arresting the process of desertification and advancement of Thar Desert.

Located in the folds of Arravali hills. Jessore hill is the second highest peak in Gujarat. The sanctuary is known more for the endangered Sloth Bear. The other important fauna species are leopards, Rhesus macaque, Indian civet cat, porcupine, fox, striped, hyena, wild boar, etc. Many rare and endangered species of birds are also found in this sanctuary. The reptiles include snakes, tortoises and lizards of various types. The rarest Indian Python is observed beyond Muni ji ki kutia.

Poshina

18Km from Ambaji

Poshina takes one back to the simple beauty of traditional village life, populated by a captivating melange of colourful tribal communities of the Garasias, Bhils and the pastoral Rabaris. Poshina is home to a tribal shrine where you find a staggering sight of thousands of terracotta horses standing in rows, as offerings to the local goddess. Nearby villages have similar horses carved in reverence to her divinity. A visit to the homes of the potters who make these striking horses is an excellent glimpse into tribal culture.

Darbargadh Poshina, an ancient palace, is now a welcoming heritage hotel with a massive dome, numerous pillars and arches, a pleasant courtyard, gardens, lawns and terraces, owned by the descendants of the Chalukyas, whose empire spread through much of Gujarat and Central India in the 12th century. Jain sandstone temples of Parshvanath and Neminath and an old Shiva temple are also seen here. Couple of weeks after Holi, Poshina hosts the famous Chitra-Vichitra fair, at the nearby Gunbhakhari village.

Jain temple / Dilwara temple

51 Km From Ambaji, 27 Km from Abu Road

It is the only hill station in Rajasthan, which provides a much needed reprieve from the Desert heat of Rajasthan and neighbouring. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, covering 290 km² of the mountain, was established in 1960. The mountain is also home to several Hindu temples, including the Adhar Devi Temple carved out of solid rock; the Shri Raghunathji Temple; a shrine and temple of Dattatreya built atop the Guru Shikhar peak and a number of Jain temples, including Dilwara Temples, a complex of temples carved out of white marble that was built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The oldest of these is the Vimal Vasahi temple, built in 1021 AD by Vimal Shah and dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. They include the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513). Mount Abu is also the headquarters of Brahma Kumaris.

Nearby Hotels / Accommodation

Hotel Sunrise Palace – 02749 – 262470, 09898750075, 08141750075

Hotel Ambaji International – 02749-264540, 09426031588

Hotel Ambey Residency – 02749-264354, 09974542725

Hotel Ambey Residency – 02749-264354, 09974542725