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A Day In Chittorgarh

An epitome of Rajput pride, romance and spirit, Chittorgarh resonates of heroism and sacrifice. This city is one of the popular destinations for tourist travel in Rajasthan.  The fort of Chittorgarh- one of the significant landmarks in the city was home to a fiercely independent clan of kings who fought off three invasions & the brave women of Chittorgarh fort who performed Johar three times. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site now, even though the fort is in ruins, it is an overwhelming reminder of history and great legends of extraordinary men and women and their equally astounding deeds.

If you are travelling to Udaipur then you must dedicate one day to visit this majestic city! One day and you will be bewitched by its beauty and the legends that make surround Chittorgarh!

 

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh

Undoubtedly one of the most significant places to visit in Chittorgarh, this historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, out of which 22 exist even today!

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners

 

Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame)

Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects their cultural beliefs comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where you can get a spectacular the view of the city.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

 

Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower)

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Standing tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambh was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji. This nine storey tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities all over and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite beautifully. There are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 

 

Padmini Palace

Chittorgarh

Padmini Palace has a unique history attached to it making it a must-visit in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for battle between Alauddin Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Alauddin Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall (as also depicted in the Bollywood movie Padmavat). Mesmerised by her beauty, Alauddin Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions.
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

 

Rana Kumbha Palace

Chittorgarh

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive portions of the ruined structure of the palace reveal what an imposing building it was in the height of its glory. It is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, Rani Padmini and Princess Meera Bai. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmini and the other women of the palace performed Johar.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 

 

Meera Temple

Chittorgarh

Meera Temple reflects the beautiful history of devotion played out in the story of the Princess Meera and her Lord Krishna. The temple, with its Indo-Aryan architecture, is located has several intricately carved idols that adorn its walls. A small temple dedicated to lord Krishna can also be found inside. The history and culture of the age can be understood comprehensively when you pay a visit to this temple.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

 

Gaumukh Reservoir

One of the most famous water tanks in the Chittorgarh Fort, the Gaumukh Reservoir is a sacred site in the Hindu religion, so much so that a tour of sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites is considered incomplete without a visit to this reservoir. Water from a natural spring constantly flows from the ‘cow’s mouth’ into the reservoir & a shiva-linga and an icon of Goddess Lakshmi adorn the base of the Gaumukh where the water falls. You can often find visitors feeding the fishes that dwell in the reservoir.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 

 

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