The town of Chittorgarh still echoes with the stories of valor, chivalry and sacrifice of its past heroes. This historic town that is spread over a 7- mile long hill has been one of the most fiercely contested seats of power in Indian history. Ravaged thrice, this town also has been a witness to some of the bloodiest battles ever recorded.
Alauddin Khilji was the first to attack Chittorgarh in 1303 A.D. Legend has it that he was captivated by the beauty of the then queen Padmini and was overcome by an overwhelming desire to possess her. But the noble queen chose death over dishonor and committed Jauhar along with other women. Bahadur Shah led a second attack on Chittorgarh in 1533 A.D. immediately followed by Emperor Akbar who reduced the town to rubble. But the spirit of bravery and sacrifice shown by the valiant people of Chittorgarh on each occasion still reverberates among the ruins. A visit to this town of the brave would be the experience of a lifetime. The best time to travel to Chittorgarh is during the winters.
Tourist Attractions in Chittorgarh
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Chittorgarh are listed below.
Perched on a steep hill, the Chittorgarh Fort is the most famous tourist attraction of Chittorgarh. 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. The exquisitely carved chattris and the impressive main gate (Suraj Pol) are classic examples of Rajput architeture.
The Vijay Stambh or The Victory Tower was built by Rana Kumbha to mark his victory over Mahmud Khilji, the ruler of Malwa in 1440. The 37 m high structure with 9 storeys is richly decorated with sculptures of Hindu deities and is one of the most interesting places you can visit when you travel to Chittorgarh.
Rana Kumbha's Palace
This ruined edifice is the biggest monument inside the Chittorgarh Fort. The palace is supposed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and her women committed Jauhar to escape dishonor.
How to reach Chittorgarh
» Road: Good networks of roads connect Chittorgarh to some major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur. Bus and taxi services are easily available to many major locations.
» Rail: Regular trains link Chittorgarh to cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
» Air: The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is at Udaipur, which is 112 km away. The airport has frequent flights to Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Lucknow.
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