Perched on a steep hill, the Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan is the most famous tourist attraction in the country. This impressive structure is a silent reminder of the glorious past of Chittorgarh. Covering an impressive area of 700 acres this fort was built by the Mauryas in the 7th century. Even though most of it is in ruins, the fort still manages to capture the imagination of anyone who visits it. It stands as a great example of the medieval Rajput style of architecture. In fact, its exquisitely carved chattris and the impressive main gate (Suraj Pol) speak volumes about the superior tastes of the erstwhile Rajput rulers.
Chittorgarh is known for its valiant warriors as well as ladies who never compromised with their honor. Whether a furious battle or the legendary Jauhar (jumping in pyre); Rajasthan takes pride in these heroes and heroines of the past. They have been immortalized in many folk songs and poems that continue to attract people. A visit to the Chittorgarh Fort transports us back in time and makes us relive its moments of glory, defeat and joy. Chittorgarh Fort Tourism will mesmerize you and make you admire the courage of Rajputs that has created history.
What to See
A symbol of victory over Mahmud Shah I Khalji, the Sultan of Malwa; Vijay Stambha was built in1440 AD. It rises to 37.2 metres and features nine stories which can be accessed by taking a narrow circular staircase of 157 steps. The Stamba is illuminated during evening hours and looks beautiful.
A 22-metre-high tower, Kirti Stambha, exhibits beautiful Jain sculptures. The tower is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar.
Rana Kumbha Palace
The oldest and largest monument in the complex, Rana Kumbha palace is a beautiful piece of architecture. It houses elephant and horse stables apart from a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This was the palace where Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur, was born. As heard, this is also the place where Queen Padmini performed Jauhar (mass suicide by jumping in fire) alongwith other Rajput women.
Fateh Prakash Palace
Located in close proximity to Rana Khumba palace, Fateh Prakash Palace was constructed by Rana Fateh Singh. The city centre has numerous modern houses apart from a tiny museum and a school where local children study.
The pearly white structure in the southern part of the fort used to be Queen Padmini's Palace. It sits amid chhatris (pavilions) and a water moat. The architecture of the palace is breathtaking and underlines the marvellous history of India.
Best Time to Visit
Winter (October to March) is the best time to visit Chittorgarh, this is the time when the weather is pleasant and perfect for touring. Monsoon (July to September) too is a good time to visit this place as Rajasthan receives very less rainfall. Summer months June and July should be avoided, as the climate is extremely hot during this time.
How to Reach
By Air: The closest airport to Chittorgarh is the Dabok Airport, around 90 kilometres from the city.
By Rail: Railway stations like Chittaurgarh (COR) and Chanderiya (CNA) receive regular trains from other major cities of India.
By Road: Chittorgarh is well connected to other Indian cities by road.
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