Chittorgarh

About 250 km southwest of Jaipur, the great fort of Chittorgarh stands atop a 500-foot high hill. Mostly a deserted ruin, this fort symbolises the honour and valour of the people of Rajasthan. Despite the Passage of centuries, the fierce struggles are still told and sung.

City Lights- Chittorgarh's Tourist Attractions

Chitor-Fort

Chittorgarh became the first capital of Mewar in the early 13th century. In 1303 the fort was attacked by Alauddin Khilji, the sultan of Delhi, in pursuit of a beautiful Rajput Princess. As defeat became imminent, Padmini and all the other women of the fort voluntarily committed 'Johar', a mass suicide. Their men folk donned saffron robes and fought to their deaths. This legend seems to be most popular but the historians account for its strategic location which invited the Sultan of Delhi to capture it.

Rana- Kumbha-Fort

All of Chittor's attractions are within the fort, which legend says , was originally constructed by Bhim, one of the Pandava heroes of the 'Mahabharata'. The main gate on the eastern side of the fort is known as on Surajpol. Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower) was built in 1440 AD by Maharaja Kumbha, a powerful ruler of Mewar, to commemorate his victory over the rulers of Malwa and Gujarat. This 37 metres high tower has nine storeys, covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities.
Padmini-PalaceIn the Padmini Palace sat the Queen so that Khilji could see her reflection in a mirror in the Palace as local fable goes. The bronze gates in this pavilion were carried off by Akbar and can now be seen in the fort at Agra. Kirti Stambh, the Tower of Fame is Chittor's other famous tower. Twenty-two metres high, it was built by a wealthy Jain merchant who dedicated it to Adinathji, the first Jain Tirthankar (a Jain guru elevated to the status of God). One can climb up a winding narrow staircase to the top. Close to the Fateh Prakash palace is the Meera Temple, built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the ornate Indo-Aryan Style and the Kumbha Shyam temple. Kali Mata Mandir, enshrines the goddess who symbolise power.

Gourmet's Delights

Shakti Restaurant, a garden restaurant at Hotel Pratap Palace, is quite and relaxing. The cuisine ranges form continental to tandoori. Restaurant is a small offering affordable tandoori food. Their thalis are very popular.

Fact at a Glance

Access :

Chittorgarh by Air: Udaipur (80 km) is the nearest airport.

Chittorgarh by Rail: Chittorgrh has rail links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota and Delhi.

Chittorgarh by Road: Chittorgarh is on the main route either by bus or by train. By road, it is 182 km from Ajmer, 158 km from Bundi and 112 km from Udaipur.

Getting Around in Chittorgarh: Non-metered auto rickshaw can be hired at negotiable prices from the railway station or through the tourist office. A round-trip to the fort could cost around Rs. 100-200. For a more local flavour, one can have a ride on a Tonga. Taxis at the bus stand charge Rs 25 per km.

Temperatures in Chittorgarh: Summer: Min 250C.Max 430C.; Winter: Min80C. Max 260C.

Best time to visit Chittorgarh: October to March.

Chittorgarh City Code: 01472

Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation: 249401

Banks in Chittorgarh: State Bank of India: 240902/249447; Punjab National Bank : 248384/241275; Bank of Baroda: 246198/241157;

Hospitals in Chittorgarh: General Hospital : 241102; Aditya Hospital : 240625

Home Away From Home – Hotels in Chittorgarh

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