The city of Chittorgarh epitomizes the Chattari Rajput ideals of pride, spirit and romance. In its rich history and close association with the Rajput warrior clan, never has Chittorgarh surrendered to the enemy even though it was attacked thrice by a much stronger enemy. Instead, its people chose the ritualistic suicide sacrifice called Jauhar. This romantic allure of Chittorgarh history still persists strongly within the hearts of Rajput’s.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabok Airport. It is also known as the Maharana Pratap Airport. Situated at distance of 90 kilometers from Chittorgarh.
The Chittorgarh Railway Station is located on the bank of River Gambheri. It has direct rail links with all major north Indian cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur.
Chittorgarh is well connected to all parts of India by roads. Distances from other Cities; Ajmer: 190 km, Jaipur: 322 km, Jodhpur: 372 km, Pushkar: 205 km, Udaipur: 112 km
The largest fort in India may now lie in ruins but its place in history is assured. This fort has given its name to the city that now strands. Just like the Rajputs of old, the fort stands like a proud majestic warrior on top of a hill. Within the fort lie numerous palaces and other monuments. The incredible and rich history of the Chittorgarh Fort has helped it become a World Heritage Site as deemed by UNESCO.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace
Although mainly ruined, the palace complex of Rana Kumbha is
still magnificent. It has a fascinating and important history. The grand palace is a testament to the faith and the honor of the ancient Rajput’s.
Also known as Vijay Stambh, this gigantic structure was built by Rana Kumbha to commemorate a victory. The colossal nature of the Chittorgarh fort is nothing compared to the sheer grandiosity and epic scale of the Victory Tower. The tower stands higher than the fort and can be easily spotted from the city. From the tower, you can get an incomparable panoramic view of the entire area of the fort and the city.
Dedicated to Meerabai the mystic poetess, the temple is a perfect example of the Rajput style of architecture. Its panels comprise of intricate carvings that reflect the lives of the common people and the entire structure is ornate.
Kalika Mata Temple
The Kalika Mata Temple is a fascinating piece of architecture that dates way back from the 8th century. Originally dedicated to the Sun God, it was restored and converted into a worship place for the goddess Kali.
Padmini’s Palace is a building worthy of a queen. Located close to the nearby reservoir, the palace offers a fascinating sight of the nearby area. A lotus pool and a pavilion add to the spectacle of the queen’s palace.