As we take a mesmerizing stroll across the glorious places of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is one such gem studded in the crown of this state that is hard to miss.
Shining bright with hues of yellow and ochre, Chittorgarh is a complete saga of charismatic history that speaks even in today’s urbanization. Chittorgarh is the largest fort complex in India that epitomises the Rajput era. In order to reach here, you can take flights to Jaipur (137 km). If you wish to take the rail route, Ajmer Junction is the nearest railway station.
It is considered as one of the largest forts in India. Donning as a World Heritage Site today, the fort has witnessed many rulers since 7th century. The magnificent fort sprawls over a hill about 590.6 ft high and spreads over an area of 691.9 acres. The fort is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. It is a symbol of heroism and sacrifice that is engraved in its history.
Rani Padmini’s Palace
It is a tincture of beauty, valor, sacrifice and honor situated inside the Chittorgarh Fort. The stunning architectural style of the palace and the picturesque surroundings, make it a gorgeous symbol of history. Rani Padmini’s palace stands as a feminine structure engulfed by a cascade of water.
Rana Kumbha Palace
The palace is a ruined structure but is full of great history and inspiring architecture. It is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed Jauhar. Jauhar was an age-old process of self-immolation in fire committed by the women of the Rajput dynasty. Rani Padmini committed Jauhar to protect herself from Alauddin Khilji who desired to possess her.
It is a deep tank filled by a spring that resembles the mouth of a cow and considered to be sacred. You can take part in feeding the fishes here or indulge in taking some stunning pictures. The reservoir is one of the most important water tanks of Chittorgarh Fort. The best time to visit Gaumukh Reservoir is during winters.
Fateh Prakash Palace
It is a gigantic palace with modern architectural style. The palace has been named after Maharana Fateh Singh. It consists of a huge idol of Lord Ganesh. The palace is now a museum that houses a rich collection of sculptures.
Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower
It is a mind blowing 9-storey tower that is adorned with sculptures of Hindu deities. It was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji. In order to get on top, one has to climb 157 narrow steps to gain a panoramic view of the whole town.
Kirti Stambh or Tower of Fame
Constructed in the 12th century, Kirti Tower is a 22 m high structure with 54 stairs. It was built in honor of Lord Sri Adinath Rishab Deo who was the first Jain Tirthankar. An imperial statue of him is constructed in front of this tower. The tower is popular for its grand architecture that is indeed worth admiration.
Meera Bai Temple
This gorgeous symbol of religious beauty was built by Maharana Kumbha in 1449. The main deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu. In the same premises there us a small temple of Lord Krishna as well. The temple was built to honour Meera Bai, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Hence it is known as Meera Bai Temple.
Shree Sanwaliyaji Temple
It is the temple which has its deity as a dark idol of Lord Krishna. It is located on the Cittorgarh-Udaipur Highway, in the town of Mandaphia. The deity is also known as Shri Sanwaria Seth.
Chittorgarh is home to the magnificent Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary and Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary. Sitamata is a dense forest which is home to many species of birds, animals, trees and herbs. It also has the ancient Valmiki Ashram where Luv and Kush, Lord Ram and Sita’s twin children were born.
Bassi has a rather mysterious charm, housing a variety of animals and is also a tertiary home to many migratory birds. The sanctuary also has Orasi and Bassi Dams which make up for a pleasing sight.
Chittorgarh is a blend of royal history, encompassed with colourful flora and fauna, and a surrounding which is a visual treat. Free Press Journal requests its readers to preserve the dynamic essence of places like Chittorgarh.