Chittorgarh Fort
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Brief

Chittorgarh Fort is located 175 kilometers from Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India. All 700 acres of this area is filled with architectural heritage which started as long back as the 5th century. The fort complex had been developed over the centuries till Akbar’s siege in 1576, after which the fort was abandoned. This complex has seen various clans and generations of rulers, and the remnants reflect the different changes which were made over the years. Today, it stands as a testimony to the brilliant cultural heritage which is found within India.

Chittogarh is one of the largest forts in India. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is located in the present day town of Chittorgarh.

Marwari and Mewari are the most commonly used language in Chittorgarh Fort.

 
Travel Tips

Rajasthan can be visited all year round, but the summers get quite hot. Since Chittorgarh Fort is quite big, and will make for a whole day’s excursion, visiting during the summers is not a good idea. The Winters, though, are a perfect time for this fort.

Carry some food with you when you head out for this heritage site, because the fort is huge, and exploring the whole place is time consuming, so you may want to stop for a snack break to replenish and refresh yourself.



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Things to do

The Chittorgarh Fort complex is located on a hill, which overlooks the plains quenched by the Berach River.  The whole complex reflects the generations of Mewar rulers, their culture and history. The Gulihot clanned had ownership of the fort, after which the Sisodias, took over. The place was the capital of Mewar, and it still holds on to most of its former glory despite the ravages of time. It is the largest fort in India, and there are as many as 65 structures within this complex, comprising of Temples, water bodies, memoirs and palaces.

The Chittorgarh fort was built in two phases. From the 5th to the 15th century, it saw many additions being made to itself, before it was abandoned. The Suraj Pol is the main gate to the complex, but within the complex itself, there are seven more gates called Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Rama Pol, Lakshman Pol, Ganesh Pol, and Jorla Pol. There are two beautiful cenotaphs between the third gate and the second, which were made in honour of Jaimull and Kula, two heroes during Akbar’s siege.

Inside the fort, you must visit the Vijay Stambha, or the tower of victory. It is also called the Jaya Stambha, and it was erected by Rana Kumbha as a symbol of Chittor, after he won the war against Mahmud Shah I Khalji, sultan of Malwa, in 1940. The tower was made between 1458 and 1468, and it took ten years for completion. 37.2 metres in height, the tower is 9 stories high, and one can get to the top with the help of the narrow, spiral staircase inside. It offers a brilliant view of Chittor and the plains. The Kirti Stambha must also be visited. This tower is the tower of fame, and was built by Jijaji Rathod, who was a Jain merchant. It is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, Adinath. The tower is 22 metres, or six stories high. It is a Digambara structure, with Jain sculptures outside, and figures of Jain Tirthakars adorning the ground floor.

The Rana Kumbha Palace too, is one of the most spectacular parts of this fort. It is near the Vijay Stambha, and is the oldest monument within the fort complex. The palace also contains a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous saint and poet Mirabai is said to have been born here, as was Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur. The Fateh Prakash Palace, built by Rana Fateh Singh is also here, as is Rani Padmini’s palace. It is said that when Alauddin saw a glimpse of her reflection, he fell madly in love with her, and decided to lay siege upon her husband’s palace in order to kill him, and marry her. Although he defeated her husband, the Rani decided to commit Jauhar, that is, self-immolation.

Mirabai’s temple is here, as is the Kalika Mata Temple, which was originally dedicated to the Sun God, but was then restructured for Goddess Kali. The Kumbha Shyam temple, the Neelkath Mahadev Temple, the Goddess Tuji Bhawani Temple, and the Bhimal Tank are also quite notable, and gorgeous to look at.

 
Getting Around

Rent a bicycle to explore to the magnificient fort. You can also have a tour by auto-rickshaw.

 
Places to Stay

High Range is located near Sainik Road in Chittorgarh. This luxurious hotel provides indoor and outdoor games, horse-riding facilities, jeep safaris, a travel desk, bonfire and folkdance programs and the hotel also has a swimming pool. All the basic facilities are provided for, and the hotel rooms are beautiful and spacious.

Mid Range hotels are also wonderfully affordable. The in-house restaurant serves Indian cuisines, especially Rajasthani food, and continental food too. All the basic provisions are taken care of, and the traditional décor provides the hotel with a wonderfully authentic ambience.

If you are low on hotel budget, then there are so many hotels run by the Rajasthan Tourism Development corporation, the rooms are clean and safe, and all the basic amenities are accounted for.

 
How to Reach

  • The closest airport is the one at Udaipur, which is roughly 70 kilometers away. The Jaipur Airport is 300 kilometers away.
  • Chittorgarh has a railway station and many trains come here from various parts of India.
  • The NH 76 and 79 makes Chittorgarh very accessible from most of the major cities. One can drive down from Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur, to the town, after which one must walk for about a kilometer from the valley to get to the fort, and you will also have to cross a limestone bridge which goes over the Gambhiri River.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Udaipur is quite close by, and one can go down there to Bangore ki Haveli, Maharana Pratap Memorial, the Jag Mandir Palace, the Lake Palace and the Ghanerao Castle, amongst many other sites.

 
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