Being the largest fort of India in its size, Chittorgarh Fort dispersing the fumes of bravery, courage and romance in the heart of Chittorgarh. The monolithic fort is located on a high hill near the Gambheri River in Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh Fort located at a distance of 112 kms from the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. This fort was built by several Mauryan rulers in the 7th century. This huge fort covers an area of 700 acres, extending to 3 kms in length and 13 kms in peripheral length. Standing on an elevated hill of 180m, the impregnable fort has witnessed three battles dated 1303, 1535 and 1567 AD. The foundation of an illustrious fort of Rajasthan was laid down by one of the pandava brother Bhima, it has 22 out of 84 water bodies still existing and thus this is also called water fort, it is the symbol of Rajput’s pride, romance and spirits. The fort has a stupendous structure with assorted well-designed palaces inside, along with huge towers and splendid cenotaphs. Chittorgarh Fort, along with 5 other Forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan itself has its huge culture, diversity and the land of sacrifices. It offers tourism for their historic fortress, sand desert, ancient temples and many unexplored evidences of past. In Chittorgarh Fort the main attraction for tourists are the ascent to the fort passes through seven gateways built by the Mewar ruler Rana Kumbha (1433- 1468) of the Sisodia clan. These gates are called, from the base to the hill top, the Paidal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Laxman Pol, and Ram Pol, the final and main gate.
The fort complex constituted with 65 historic built structures, among them 4 palace complexes, 19 main temples, 4 memorials and 22 functional water bodies.
The Fort also comprises several temples including Sammidheshwara Temple, Jain Temple, Kalika Mata temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Meerabai Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple.
Gaumukh reservoir and Bhimtal Tank are other places worth visiting. Gaumukh reservoir is an immense water tank that gets water from Cow's mouth shaped rock. In the water of this same reservoir, Allaudin was conceded to see the reflection of Queen Padmini that led to the whole battle of 1303 AD.
Padmini's Palace or Rani Padmini's Palace is a white edifice and a three storied structure. It was the residence of Rani Padmini and It is located in the southern part of the fort.
The Vijay Stambha (Tower of Victory) or Jaya Stambha, called the symbol of Chittor which glorify the victory over Mahmud Shah I Khalji and was erected by Rana Kumbha. It is 122 ft high and has its base of 47 square feet decorated with 9 stories.
Kirti Stambha (Tower of Fame) is a 72 ft tower and it is adorned with Jain sculptures on the outside and is older and smaller than the Victory Tower. Built by a Bagherwal Jain merchant Jijaji Rathod, it is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar.
Nearby Kirti Stambha is the Meera Temple. Rana Kumbha built it in excessively decorated Indo–Aryan architectural style. It is associated with the orphic saint-poet Meerabai, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and dedicated her entire life to her worship.
Apart from above magnificent attractions there are many more to see in the Fort premises like Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace (Government Museum) and beautiful Jain Temples.
Visit Timings: Early morning to sunset
Chittorgarh is well connected to all parts of India by roads. The Golden Quadrilateral Road Project and North-South-East-West corridor expressway passes through Chittorgarh City. The bus stand of Chittorgarh is located in the mid of old and new city and it just 2km from Chittorgarh Fort. There are good bus services (Private as well as government) available for Delhi and Mumbai. Chittorgarh city is easily reachable from Delhi via rails some recommended trains are Mewar express (12963), Chetak Express (12981) and Dehradun express (29020). One can also reach by airways, nearest airport is Udaipur “Dabok Airport” which is 70 kms from the Fort.
As Rajasthan is the whole attracting state of India many nearby places of Chittorgarh which are worth visits. Udaipur, Dungarpur, Jhalawar are top of them.
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