About Chittorgarh

A depository of ancient monuments, an extremely rich heritage, and an immortal folklore boasting of its majestic glory, every building in Chittorgarh still reverberates with the history of its sacrifice and heroism. The capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, Chittorgarh is a land of forts, citadels, ruins, and evergreen stories. Situated in the South Eastern corner of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh stands at the helm of Chattari Rajput pride, and is remembered in the pages of history for its glorious battles, especially the siege of Alauddin Khilji. Once known for its grandeur and opulence, today, Chittorgarh has left its tales of bravery and betrayal far behind to catch up to commercialization, but those stories of splendour and magnificence will never be forgotten. Chittorgarh is known far and wide for its most famous attraction, the Chittorgarh fort, which is a gigantic fort built on a hilltop, spreading over an area of around 700 acres. Chittorgarh fort will always be remembered for the courageous self-sacrificing Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini to thwart the conquest of the fort by Alauddin Khilji, and thousands of tourists visit this place every year to take a look at the place that has been so prominently marked in the pages of history. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest structure in Chittorgarh fort, and while it is now a mere tumbledown structure of broken walls and piles of stones, it was once a magnificent three-storied palace with gigantic pillars, maze-like underground tunnels and intricately designed architecture. The most famous attraction in Chittorgarh fort is the Rani Padmini Palace, named after Queen Padmini herself. Replete with roof pavilions and water moats, the story of Queen Padmini’s valour rings out loud in every corner of this dilapidated building. Other sights to visit in Chittorgarh include the Meera Temple, the Kali Mata temple, the Gaumukh reservoir, and the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Chittorgarh Fort

Built by local Maurya rulers (often confused with imperial Maurya Rulers) in 7th century A.D, the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. The imposing structure of the fort has numerous gateways built by the later rulers of the Maurya clan. Chittorgarh Fort was previously the capital of Mewar and is now situated in the city of Chittorgarh. It is one of the most historically important forts in the entire north India and it reverberates with tales of heroism and sacrifice. It also displays the Rajput culture and values in the true sense. Owing to its magnificent edifice, the Chittorgarh Fort was declared a UNESCO's World Heritage Site in the year 2013. The Chittorgarh Fort, plainly known as Chittor is spread majestically over a hill of 590 feet in height and is spread across 692 acres of land. The fort is a fine example of the popular Rajput architecture. There is a long road of 1 km that leads to the Chittorgarh Fort and is quite steep. It is often considered to be the pride of the state as there are many historical sacrifices related to it. Chittorgarh Fort is also called the Water Fort as it had 84 water bodies once, but now there are only 22 of them left. The two major attractions of the fort are the towers Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh. Vijay Stambh refers to the tower of victory and the Kirti Stambh means tower of fame. The towers are illuminated in the evening and it looks even more beautiful. Apart from the towers, there are many palaces and temples within the premises of the fort.

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Vijay Stambh

Vijay Stambha, also known as victory tower, is a piece of resistance of Chittorgarh. It was constructed by the king of Mewar, Rana Kumbha to celebrate his triumph over the combined forces of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji, in 1448. The mighty tower was constructed between the period of 1458 and 1488 and is so tall and massive that it is visible from any part of the city. Hence, the entire town can be viewed from here. Vijay Stambh is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and has intricate carvings and sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The internal part of the tower has carvings of weapons, musical instruments, and other tools used in that period. It is an excellent example of religious pluralism practised by the Rajputs. The highest storey consists of an image of the Jain Goddess, Padmavati. Also, the word Allah is carved nine times on the third storey and eight times on the eighth storey, all in Arabic. The magnificent tower is a piece of architecture that is frequented by tourists visiting the city and makes them feel proud of the vibrant history of the country.

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Gau Mukh Kund

Located within Chittorgarh fort, the Gomukh Kund is also known as ???Tirth Raj?? of Chittorgarh because whenever pilgrims and devotees go on the tour of different Hindu spiritual places, then they come to Gomukh kund for completion of their holy journey after returning back. Gau Mukh literally means mouth of cow and it has been named so because the water flows from the cow mouth shaped point. Natural environment with lush green plants and flowing water is what makes this place even more attractive.

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Maha Sati

About 110 km away from Chittorgarh, this is the sacred place where Udaipur Rulers used to be cremated. This beautiful structure, glistening in the sun attracts tourists also because of a water reservoir which it believed to have the waters of Ganges emerging from it. The Ahar Cenotaphs have 19 chhatris to commemorate the 19 Kings who were cremated here. In all, there are more than 250 cenotaphs here.

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Rana Kumbha's palace

Rana Kumbha palace is where Rana Kumbha lived and spent his royal life. Its charming and artistic architecture makes it a must visit for tourists visiting Chittorgarh. Lord Shiva temple in the nearby and light and sound show in its complex makes it an unforgettable experience.

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Distance: 2 kms

Kirti Stambh

Built in the 12th-century, Kirti Stambh is situated inside the Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan. The 22 meters tall tower was constructed by a Jain merchant, Jeeja Bhagerwala during the rule of Rawal Kumar Singh, to glorify Jainism. The tower contains figures from the Jain pantheon, and hence, Kirti Stambh is considered a major Jain pilgrimage by many Jainism followers. Kirti Stambh also goes by the name, the Tower of Fame. It is dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. Famous for its intricate carvings of the Digambar sect, this seven storeyed tall tower has marvellous statues of Sri Adinatha. They are carved on the four corners of the Stambh along with figures of various Jain saints, making it more fascinating. The tower personifies Solanki Style of Architecture at it's best. Visiting the Stambh not only gives you a chance to read the pages of history but also makes you a spectator of a great view.

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Fateh Prakash Palace

This palace of Chittorgarh takes Rajput grandeur to a new level. The architecture is splendid, and the layout fantastic. There are a number of corridors and a rich display of Rajasthani paintings, the presence of a large variety of crystal artifacts also indicates the King's love for it. Now, a large part of the fort has been converted into a museum and the royal crystal items take up a large part of the display.

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Kalika Mata Temple

It is one of the most important temples of Chittorgarh and the city's tour isn't complete without a visit to this temple. The splendid sculpture of the temple is what attracts most tourists. It is dedicated to Kalika an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The entire temple, built on a platform, boasts of Prathira architectural style. The ceiling, pillars and gates all have intricate designs. Even though the temple is partially in ruins, one will still marvel at its architectural credibility.

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Shyama Temple

Located in Chittorgarh Fort, Shyama Temple is dedicated to Varaha, one of the incarnations (boar incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. It is has a lofty roof and pyramidal tower and the wall is adorned with many sculptures depicting Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

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Meera Temple

Meera Temple or Meera Bai Temple located in the premises of Chittorgarh Fort is dedicated to Meera Bai who was a Rajput Princess. The striking temple was constructed by Maharana Kumbha, the Rajput king during his rule, making it both a historical and religious attraction. As soon as one enters the place of worship, they are bound to feel immense tranquillity and happiness. The divine vibe of the temple is unexplainable but touches every soul offering their prayers here. Visitors choose to sit quietly, meditate and reflect upon their life goals often here and many find a direction in life. As one explores the scintillating site, they will notice the intricate carvings on the walls and the pillars that add to the ethnic charm of the monument. These carvings depict stories about Meera Bai, Lord Krishna and their sacrifices for each other. Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha, this glorious site is where Meera Bai had given up her royal lifestyle to live as an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. She, later on, was also known as a poet and a saint. This majestic temple is an important place of worship for the Hindus as Meera Bai has written and composed several Bhajans and poems dedicated to Lord Krishna here. Visitors are captivated by the tales of Meera Bai's love and affection towards Lord Krishna and how she lived the life of a sage with complete dedication. The temple is a monument that keeps India connected with the rich culture of Rajasthan.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 31 kms

Sanwariaji Temple

Sanwariaji Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is located in Mandaphia in the North-Western Indian state of Rajasthan. Mandaphia is about 40 kilometres away from the city of Chittorgarh and falls on the Chittorgarh-Udaipur Highway. Because of its location, devotees visit the temple in large numbers while commuting between Chittorgarh and Udaipur. The resplendent temple complex is a beautiful work of architecture and adorns colourful paintings and carvings that tourists find quite mesmerizing. The deity is also known as Shri Sanwariaji Seth and is believed to be of immense importance for merchants and traders who offer their prayers to gain success and wealth in their businesses. Stories about striking gold from nowhere all because of the blessings of the deity are usually heard in the region. It, therefore, ranks second on the list of religiously important temples dedicated to Lord Krishna for the Hindu community. The Sanwariyaji temple complex is a beautiful structure built in pink sandstone. The idol of the deity is a statue made of black stone depicting the dark skin tone of Lord Krishna. Other than this temple, there are some more temples around Chittorgarh - Mandapiya Sanwariaji Temple, Bhadsoda Chouraha Sanwariaji Temple and Bhadsoda Sanwariaji Temple. According to a legend, Bholaram Gurjar, a milkman, once dreamt of three statues being buried in Bhadsoda-Bagund. When he shared the details, the villagers started looking for the statues at the located Bholaram has dreamt of and they found statues of Lord Krishna. Two of the statues were installed in two different locations (Mandaphiya and Bhadsoda) while one was kept where it was found (Bhadsoda-Bagund). Temples were then built at the locations in honour of Lord Krishna. Devotees from all over the world flock to the temple to offer prayers for all their wishes to come true.

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Sathis Deori Temple

Sathis Deori Temple is a group of twenty-seven temples dedicated to the Jain Teerthankaras located in the city of Chittorgarh. The glorious temples were built in the 11th Century and also have several other figurines pertinent to the Jain community. Tourists visit the temple complex for peace and to admire the beautiful 11th-century architecture. These ancient temples adorn beautiful carvings and splendid sculptures all over them, and the site has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sathis Deori Temple is an illustration of the traditional Jain architecture that attracts not just the devotees, but also the architecture and history buffs. The chief residing deity of this temple complex is Bhagwan Adinatha. The shrine dedicated to Bhagwan Adinatha is intricately carved on the external and the internal walls. Those looking for a tranquil escape are sure to find the Sathis Deori Temples a heavenly attraction. The temple complex is well maintained and clean which only multiplies the peace and divine vibe of the location. Many find calmness and composure in the otherwise chaotic lifestyle the moment they enter the region. Because there are twenty-seven temples, this group is called Sathis Deori Temple or Sattavish Deori Temple. It is advisable to reach as early as possible as the temples are closed in the afternoon. Although photography is not allowed here, tourists can explore the entire group of temples. Devotees on the Jain Pilgrimage Tour flock in large numbers. If one wishes to make some donations, they may do so for the welfare of the underprivileged and temple management.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Ratan Singh Palace

Ratan Singh Palace or Ratan Singh Mahal is a monument of immense historical importance located in the premises of the ravishing Chittorgarh Fort. The beauty of the splendid Ratan Singh Palace is enhanced ten folds by the Ratneshwar Lake which is located next to the palace. Tourists are sure to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Rajasthani royals as they explore the magnificent monument. The east-facing entrance, the enormous walls, the grand courtyard, the regal rooms, the pillared chhatris, pavilions and the balconies, characteristic of traditional Rajasthani architecture, are sure to leave you in awe. Most of it is in ruins now, but the charm and the regal vibe of the palace are still intact. The colours and the composition found at this monument are mind-stirring. Ratan Singh Palace was built between 1528 and 1531 AD. According to historians, it has been mentioned in the works created by Amir Khusrau when he entered and attacked the mighty Chittorgarh Fort with Alauddin Khilji. The striking palace compound also consists of a beautifully maintained garden and a temple dedicated to Ratneshwar Mahadev. The site that once served as a beautiful venue for many royal events and ceremonies is now open to the public as a national and historical monument. Some even recite captivating stories as the place is also believed to be a haunting ground for the spirits of the people who were killed in the fort. The top floor of Ratan Singh Mahal is the best location to get a majestic view of the beautiful sunset as the balmy rays of the sun fills one's heart with warmth and happiness, and the beautiful lake inculcates a sense of tranquillity against the backdrop of the mesmerizing ruins. So, whether one wants to visit the palace for its haunting stories or historical achievement, a visit to the Ratan Singh Palace is a must.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 94 kms

Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhainsroggarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Aravalli Hills in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. It is one of the most important and world-renowned wildlife sanctuaries in the state since it was declared so in 1983. It is situated near the convergence of the Bemany and Chambal rivers inside the premises of an ancient fort, Bhainsrodgarh Fort, in the town of Rawatbhata which is about 120 kilometres away from Chittorgarh. The scenic location is a perfect attraction for nature lovers and photographers. The wildlife sanctuary is home to a varied species of animals and birds that attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts from the world over. Locals living nearby often visit the sanctuary for a quick getaway. The best time to explore the wildlife sanctuary is in the mornings as the tourists get the entire day to observe the surroundings leisurely. The Bhainsrorgarh Fort was built by Rawat Lala Singh after he was handed over the property as a legal heir. The palace inside the fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel, and the sanctuary is open to the public. One can find Chinkaras, Fox, Hyenas, Deer, Jackals, Antelopes, Wild Boar, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, etc. along with local and migratory birds like Flamingos, Sarus Crane, Goose, Black-bellied Terns, Red-crested Pochards, Hawks, stocks, darters and Owls in the sanctuary. If one is lucky, they may also spot a fresh-water dolphin swimming in the confluence of the two rivers. Exploring the sanctuary is the best way to observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. During monsoons, the attraction is a real treat to the eyes when all tourists can see is lush greenery on the banks of the river which gushes at its own pace. Those seeking to escape and connect with nature ought to visit the Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

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Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, barely 5 kilometres away from the Bassi Fort Palace and is an important natural reserve of the state. The sanctuary expands over an area of 150 square kilometres on the west border of the Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges and many water channels and lakes that are essential for the vegetation. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna in the region. The forest is dry deciduous and has trees like the Dhok, Churel, Butea along with a variety of medicinal herbs and flowering plants. Tourists can go on a jeep safari arranged by the forest officials. These safaris have a guide accompanying the visitors who can provide more information about the sanctuary. Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is often visited by nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to study animals and birds in their natural habitat. This wildlife haven was declared as a wildlife reserve in 1988 by the Government of India and has been open to the public ever since. The sanctuary is home to animals like Jackals, Hyenas, Cheetah and other wild cats, Wild Boar, Porcupine, Langur, Four Horned Antelopes, etc. Birdwatchers can spot and observe several birds like the Peacocks, Pigeons, Peafowls, Saras Cranes, Blue Bull, Lesser Whistling Duck, Cuckoo, Hawks, Eagles, Storks, etc. The sanctuary, therefore, is a famous location for wildlife photography that attracts photographers from all over the world. Tourists can also explore the Bassi and Orai Dams which are located near the sanctuary. The dam reservoirs are frequently visited by animals for drinking water. The Department of Forest doesn't allow camping in the region, however, there are no restrictions on photography. It is always advisable to read and follow the safari guidelines for safety reasons and not stroll unaccompanied in the regions traversed by carnivorous animals. The ones wanting to get closer to nature for a rejuvenating experience will find Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary a perfect escape.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum of Chittorgarh displays a valuable collection of artefacts belonging to the royalty of Chittorgarh. Located inside the Chittorgarh Fort, on the eastern end of the Banbir Ki Diwar, it is visited quite often by history and archaeology enthusiasts. The museum houses many artefacts from the Chittor Fort along with some ancient relics belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist Religions excavated a few years ago. Right from the entrance, the Archaeological Museum is bound to take one back to the past. The paintings, sculptures, apparels, weapons, coins, frescos, inscriptions and other metal and terracotta figures give a glimpse into the regal lifestyle of the Rajputs. The mighty Chittor Fort is a preferred spot for picnickers and visitors never miss the Archaeological Museum once they are here. The glorious museum was built in the 19th century during the reign of Maharaja Fateh Singh. It was initially a part of the Fateh Prakash Palace which converted into a museum by the Government of India in 1968. The Palace architecture is an example of modern Indian form of construction and hence stands out from the other traditional forms seen in the fort premises. Archaeological Museum is, therefore, of great historical importance. Some of the artefacts are thousands of years old dating back to the Gupta and Maurya Dynasties, especially the Jain and Hindu relics recovered during excavations. There are Jain Temples and Buddhist Stupas also inside the fort premises. Everyone must visit this wonderful place where tourists can find traces of the Rajputana family under one roof.

Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 0 kms

Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary

Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the district of Pratapgarh in the north-west Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a dense forest area with thick deciduous plantations that include trees like Gulmohar, Sindoor, Rudraksha, Bamboo, Bel, etc. Botanists have spotted 108 medicinal herbs in the sanctuary out of which about 17 are endangered ones. The rivers Sitamata, Budho, Tankiya, Jakham and Karmoi flow through the sanctuary along with several other water bodies providing a continuous supply of water to the fauna and flora in the region. According to a Hindu legend, the Valmiki Ashram was located in this forest. It is, therefore, called the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. The area also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Sita. Archaeologists have spotted several rocks that have carvings have prehistoric animals. The sanctuary is thus considered to be of immense historical importance also. The abundantly lush sanctuary expands over an area of 423 square kilometres and was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1979. It is an interesting amalgamation of three different formations - the Vindhyachal Hills, the Malwa Plateau and the Aravali Hills. One can find Leopards, Flying Squirrel, a variety of reptiles, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Neelgai, Hyenas, Chousingha, Four Horned Antelopes, etc. in the wilds. Bird watchers often visit the sanctuary to observe birds like the Egret, Owls, Herons, Rubby Shelduck, Eagles, Vultures, Peafowls, Purple Moorhen, Saras Cranes, Common & Wood Sandpiper, Quails, Pigeons, Black Winged Stint, Cotton Teal, etc. The Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts. Photographers can capture the wildlife of Rajasthan and have a great time exploring the sanctuary.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Padmini Palace

Padmini Palace is the palace where Rani Padmini lived after she married Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar Kingdom who ruled between 1302 and 1303 CE. The majestic palace is a historical monument related to the self-sacrifice of Rani Padmini after Chittorgarh was attacked by the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji. The two storey monument stands rather strong right at the centre of the Chittorgarh Fort elevated on rocky terrain. The fort is surrounded by a lotus pool which adds to the charm of the monument. One can imagine how glorious this site would have been when the royal ladies used it, the pool having colourful lotuses depicting grace and beauty in the rugged Chittor Fort. Those exploring Chittorgarh Fort must visit the Padmini Palace. Tourists from all over the world visit Chittorgarh to explore the grand historic monument and hear stories of adventure and sacrifice of the Rajputs of the Mewar Kingdom. The Padmini Palace is where the Rajput women sacrificed their lives when the palace was attached by Alauddin Khilji. It marks their loyalty and strength to fight or die instead of facing dishonour. When compared to other palaces on the premises, the Padmini Palace is smaller but is considered to be an attractive and a captivating one because of Rani Padmini's beauty, intelligence and charm and the tragic story associated with her end. The rich history of the palace is even more fascinating when one explores the monument themselves.

Experience Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 60 kms

Menal

Menal is a small village situated in the district of Chittorgarh located on the Chittor-Bundi Road about 90 kilometres from the city. The hamlet is a major attraction in Rajasthan because of its ancient temples, traditional architecture, nature and the rich culture of Rajasthan. Menal is a preferred picnic spot because of its beautiful landscape and proximity to Chittorgarh, Rawatbhata, Mandalgarh, Bhilwara and Shahpura. The ancient monuments and the scenic beauty of the location also draw nature lovers, architecture enthusiasts and photographers who are continually searching for offbeat places. Menal is a part of the Begun Tehsil in Chittorgarh District. The village is managed by Menal Panchayat. The population of the town is around 350 people making it a less crowded getaway for tourists and picnickers. The ruins of the hamlet have a unique vibe and give a glimpse into the lifestyle of the dynasties who ruled the region since 11th Century AD. The village and the temples were often visited by Prithviraj Chauhan during the summers to escape the heat. The ruins have a story to tell to everyone who is willing to listen. Do taste the local cuisine while exploring the village. Tourists will cherish every bit of this beautiful hamlet for life.

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