An important tourist place in Rajasthan which is a small district mainly known for its fort perched upon a hill is Chittorgarh. The land stands as a symbol of the glorious heritage revealing the history of sacrifice and bravery as if all other princely cities of the imperial Rajasthan’s state. Built in a best construction pattern and associated with the princely families are the religious places but not only the mesmerize forts. During the time of annual festival and fairs the opulent castles turn to be much more eyed catchy. The great known fort is the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. The Khumba Shyam and Meera Temple is inside it. The epitome of Rajput spirit, pride and romance is Chittorgarh.
Its massive hilltop fort is the main reason for visiting Chittorgarh which is a description of Rajput values and culture. The Chittorgarh Fort is indeed the “Pride of Rajasthan State” and is regarded as one of the most amazing forts of the country. Kirti Stambha, Gaumukh Kund is the silent lake with pristine waters, magnificent palaces, Vijaya Stambha and sacred Hindu and Jain temples amongst top places to see in the fort. One interesting event of the region is the huge celebration of the Jauhar Mela. Mostly the region of known as Chittaurgarh or Chittaur which lies on the River of Breach and famously known as the capital of Mewar rulers. Tourism in Chittorgarh is about visiting the two wildlife sanctuaries that sprawl in the district which is apart from the fort.
Parts of its stirring history are the few remaining towers and palaces. The history is filled with bravery, act and sacrifice of women and men of Rajputs of the imperial city Chittorgarh and also it has a unique place in the heart of the people. One of the legendary histories of the fort palace enclosed with different gates as a special attraction and the largest forts of India is the huge fort at Chittorgarh. One of the palaces which are famous for the beauty of Rani Padmini and the quest of Allauddin Khilji to overpower her is Chittorgarh or Chittor. The great known fort is the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. The fort spreads over an area of 700 Acres which standing on 180 meters high hill.
The fort is a must visit for tourists on a tour and is an important landmark in Chittorgarh. This fort was home to many rulers which standing as an embodiment of pride and chivalry of the Rajputs. The epitome of Rajput spirit, pride and romance is the Chittorgarh fort. The Chittorgarh fort is indeed the “Pride of Rajasthan State” and is regarded as one of the most outstanding fort of the country. This land has witnessed the revenge of Allahuddin Khilji and is witness to the beauty of Queen Padma which is built centuries back by the Mauryas. Also a part of Chittorgarh fort is Bhimtal Tank and Gaumukh reservoir. Massive hilltop fort is the main reason for visiting Chittorgarh.
Vijaya Stambha (Tower of Victory)
This huge tower was constructed by Rana Kumbha between 1442 and 1449 AD which is known by the name of Victory Fort. The view of the tower is worth capturing in the camera and reflects a majestic effect when illuminated in the evening. It has number of balconies at each story and is 9 storied which provides a great view of the monuments within the fort. Leading to the terrace, around 157 narrow steps are here. Without seeing the tower your tour to Chittorgarh is incomplete.
Kirti Stambha (Tower of Fame)
This tower is dedicated to Rishabha who was the first Tirthankara of Jainism and is built by the Biherwal Mahajan Sanaya during the 18th century. The Kirti Stambha is decorated with Pantheon of Jain. This fort is built in Solanki architecture which nestled in the Chittorgarh fort. An observation hall is on the top floor which offers a splendid view of Chittorgarh city. This tower is older than another tower known as “Tower of Victory” Vijay Stambha. A huge amount of Jainism followers come to worship Lord Adinath.
Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temple
This temple is made in the ornate Indo- Aryan style which built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in 1449. This temple is a very famous temple of Hindu and is constructed to be dedicated to Meera Bai. At this place Meera used to worship and Bhakti movement originated of Lord Krishna. Meera and Kumbha Shyam temple has pretty idols in its pillars, sanctum and mandap. The temple of Varah and the Kumbha Shyam temple is the larger temple which is in this same compound. The temple is still a part of our cultural heritage. Both temples are built on the same ground and on the Meera Bai temple’s outer side are the Kumbha Shyam temple and Meera Bai temple.
Fateh Prakash Palace
This huge palace is of modern style which is built in 1920 by Maharana Fateh Singh. The palace is built in beautifully style now has been converted into the museum of government. The Fateh Prakash Palace is now a museum which has a sculptures rich collection from buildings and temples in the fort and it is located inside the Chittorgarh Fort. Also a part of the exhibits of the museum is clay models of local tribes wearing traditional outfits. A huge portion of Fateh Prakash Palace was converted into a museum in 1968. This palace is lies within the Chittorgarh Fort.
Built in the 19th century, palace storied white building which is located in the southern part of the fort. One of the palaces is this where located amidst water bodies. Rani Padmini committed Jauhar and Maharana Rattan Singh was killed in the battle that ensued. A distinctly feminine structure that overlooks a pleasant pool is the palace where once the scene of an incident directly responsible for the battle between Rana Ratan Singh and Allauddin Khiliji. This is a majestic palace which is built beside a pool. Life story of Rani Padmini is an eternal legend in the Chittor’s history and her beauty is compared to that of Cleopatra.
Kalika Mata Mandir
This temple is made from the ruins of the 8th century sun temple and was built in the 14th century. This temple was destroyed after the attack by Allaudin Khilji. This Kalika Mata temple is an architectural gem that belongs to the time of Pratihara which is dedicated to Kalika Mata also known as Goddess Kali. Near the temple complex, during the annual fair held the temple attracts a huge amount of visitors. Also this temple is quite famous amidst art lovers and tourists not only a famous religious site. To pay homage to Goddess Kali, visit the temple, people from far and wide.
Renowned as the Water Fort is Chittorgarh Fort. Gaumukh Reservoir is also feeding fishes here is considered to be an auspicious ritual and a complete natural beauty and is located near temple. One of the eighty four water bodies of the fort is Gaumukh Reservoir which is filled with water to this day. Only twenty two water bodies sustain at present. At some places beneath the earth’s surface, sand and silt can have water reserve and layers of permeable rocks as per hydrogeology. As per believed that require to visit the Gaumukh Kund in Chittorgarh after touring various holy places to complete their holy journey of Hindus in India.
By Road: Chittorgarh is well linked by road which is easily accessible by road to nearby towns.
By Train: By rail networks with other parts of the country, Chittorgarh is well linked.
By Air: The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is Udaipur.