Mosques of Champaner
Champaner has several large and prominent mosques, a testament to its time of glory as the capital of Gujarat during the Mughal reign. Most date from the late 15th century.
- Jama Masjid: The most central is the Jami Masjid, with two 30m minarets flanking the main entrance, two floors of open arcades, and detailed carvings and jaali around the pillared courtyard.
- Nagina Masjid: The Nagina Masjid, on a high plinth in front of a wide open filed, has three standing domes over the main hall, and a nearby cenotaph with impressively carved columns and niches.
- Kevada Masjid: The Kevada Masjid has another cenotaph near its tank for ritual ablutions, and many carved mehrabs.
- Sahar ki Masjid: The Sahar ki Masjid, next to the original royal enclosure, is believed to have been the private mosque of the sultans, and has a large dome at each of the three entrances.
- Lila Gumbai ki Masjid: The Lila Gumbaj ki Masjid, on a high platform, has a central fluted dome that was once colored, and a central hanging kalash in the prayer hall.
How to get there
By road: Champaner is 45 km from Vadodara, accessible by bus or private vehicles. Cars can be hired in Vadodara to drive to Champaner-Pavagadh, which is the best option if you want to combine the journey with other sites like Jambughoda.