Champaner - The Abandoned Capital

The city of Champaner in Gujarat at an hour’s distance from Baroda was once flourishing capital of the Sultans of Gujarat in the 15th century CE. Go there today and you will still find a city in ruins and frozen in time. This is interesting because the Sultans of Gujarat ruled for less than 200 years. They were overrun by the army of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1535 CE, and yet their city was left untouched – making Champaner, one of the finest examples of pre-Mughal Islamic architecture in this part of India.
But Champaner and the area around it hold many other secrets too!

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