Chittorgarh, the pride and glory of valiant Rajputs, is one of the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan. Known as the city of Rajput bravery and sacrifice, Chittorgarh had been one of the most fiercely contested seats of power in India. Many beautiful forts and palaces; and legends and tales associated with heroism and sacrifices of the passionate Rajputs, make Chittorgarh a wonderful place to visit.
Following are some of the places to visit in Chittorgarh:
Chittorgarh Fort: One of the most formidable forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is the symbol of the Rajput bravery and sacrifice. Set on a steep180 m high hill, the massive Chittorgarh Fort has seven gates to enter the main gate Rampol. While passing through the second and third gate you can see two chattris (cenotaphs) built to honor Jaimal and Patta, the two brave soldiers who died fighting the armies of Emperor Akbar during 1568 siege. The Fort houses many beautiful palaces like Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace.
Rana Kumbha Palace: A beautiful and massive monument inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Rana Kumbha Palace is a ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest. It is the place where queen Padmini committed Jauhar (self immolation) to protect her honor during the first seize of Chittorgarh by Alauddin Khilji.
Padmini Palace: Built beside a beautiful lotus pool with a historical pavilion, it is the place where Alauddin Khilji saw the reflection of the beautiful Queen Padmini in a mirror. He was so mesmerized by her unmatched beauty that he decided to attack Chittorgarh to posses the unwilling queen at any cost, leading to death of thousands of Rajput soldiers and women along with the queen.
Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory): Built by Maharana Kumbha in 1440 AD to commemorate his victory over Mahmud Khilji, this 37 meters high tower is adorned with sculptures of Hindu deities. There are around 157 narrow steps leading to the terrace, which offers a stunning view of the city.
Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame): Dedicated to Adinath, the 1st Jain Tirthankar, Kirti Stambh is a 22 meters tower. It was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in12th century AD.
Kalika Mata Temple: Originally built as a Sun Temple in the 8th century AD, it was later converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the symbol of power and valor.
Other not to be missed tourist attractions in Chittorgarh include the famous Kumbha Shyam Temple, Gaumukh Reservoir, Meerabai Temple, and Archeological Museum.
Besides sightseeing tour of Chittorgarh, you can enjoy excursions to many wonderful places nearby like Menal famous for 12th century temples, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, 16th century Bijapur Castle, Jagat famous for its 10th century temple dedicated goddess Durga, and Sita Mata Sanctuary. On tours to Chittorgarh, you can also enjoy shopping for wooden toys, printed fabric and leather items.