Chittorgarh – Witness the history of corageous beauty, commendable glory and spectacular valor

Chittorgarh is located in southern part of Rajasthan. The city is named after Chittor Fort, which is considered as one of the largest forts in India. Gambhiri and Berach river pass through this historic city.

Best time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit here. As summers are very dry and hot here, so winters is the best time to visit Chittaurgarh.

 

Points of Interest

Chittor Fort (also called Chittaurgarh Fort)

Chittorgarh Fort

The fort is one of the largest forts of India spread over an area of about 2.8 km square. The fort was capital of Mewar during its reign having historic palaces, gates, temples, towers inside its campus. The fort is supposed to be built by local Maurya rulers. However, name of the fort is assumed to be derived from its builder Chitranga.

  • The fort is located at about 2 km from the railway station. You can board an autorickshaw to reach here which will cost you around Rs.125-150 rupees if you are visiting here with your entire family by booking this auto.
  • The autorickshaw drivers act as tourist guides and they will explore you the entire sights including Vijay Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Meera temple, etc. present inside the fort area, so there is no need to hire a tourist guide and visit each place individually.
  • Entry fees: The entry fees for Chittorgarh fort is Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child for Indian people.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM (closed on Mondays)

Vijay Stambha (Tower of Victory)

Vijay Stambha or Jaya Stambha is the symbol of Chittor which was built by Rana Kumbha during 1458-1468. This tower was built as a tribute to his victory over Mahmud Shah I Khalji, the Sultan of Malwa. The height of Vijay Stambha is about 37.2 metres and a narrow circular staircase of 157 steps are present inside the tower to reach the height. About 4.5 kms away from main entrance of Fort area, this tower takes about 30 minutes to visit.

  • Entry fees: To reach at the top of Vijay Stambh using stairs, you will have to buy a Rs.5 ticket.
  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 6 PM (closed on Mondays)

Kirti Stambha (Tower of Fame)

Kirti Stambh

Kirti Stambha is another tower which is 22 metres high having Jain sculptures on its outside. This tower was built by Bagherwal Jain merchant Jeeja Bhagerwala during 12th century. Kirti Stambha is older than the Vijay Stambha standing in the Chittaurgarh Fort area. Located at about 1 km distance from Vijay Stambh, 10-15 minutes is enough to spend time here. Using circular stairs to reach at the top is now prohibited here.


Meera Temple

Meera Temple

 

Meera Temple is dedicated to Meera bai where she worshiped his god Girdhar Gopal (Lord Krishna). One can notice God Garud’s statue in black color just in front of Kumbha Shyam Temple. Inside the Meera temple, there is a very attractive statue of Lord Krishna and beside it Meera Bai’s statue is placed. Located at about 450 metres away from Vijay Stambha, 15-20 minutes halt is enough to explore this temple. Entry fees: Free

 


Padmini’s Palace

Padmini's Palace

 

This was the palace of beautiful Queen Padmini (also called sometimes Padmavati). The palace is located inside Chittaurgarh Fort having a lotus pond adjacent to it. This is the palace from where Allauddin Khilji could catch the glimpse of this beautiful queen. Greatly fascinated by the beauty of Padmini, Khilji fought the battle against Rana Ratan Singh (the husband of Queen Padmini). Located about 1.1 km south of Vijay Stambh, this palace is surrounded by water.

  • Entry Fees: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child
  • Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM

Gaumukh Reservoir

Gaumukh Reservoir

It is actually an important water tank named after mouth of cow. The shape of the reservoir looks like mouth of the cow, so it is named Gaumukh reservoir. Just about 120 m walk from Vijay Stambha, you can witness this reservoir.

  • Entry Fees: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child

Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace

This was the palace of 15th century where Rana Kumbha spent his royal life. Also, this is the place where Rani Padmini committed jauhar with other ladies. And, the founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh took birth here. Located beside Meera Temple, this place will take about 1:30 hr to explore from inside.

  • Entry Fees: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child

Ratan Singh Palace

The palace is made in honour of Rana Ratan Singh II who was in throne from 1528-1531. This palace is located adjacent to Ratneshwar Talab. There is Ratneshwar Mahadeva Temple on the north of main entrance, which has garbhagriha, antarala and a mandapa. Located at about 1.1 km from Vijay Stambha in the north side, this palace is rarely visited by tourists due to its low maintenance by staff.


Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum is built in Fateh Prakash Mahal. The palace built by Maharaja Fateh Shah Ji during 19th century was transformed into a Museum by Department of Archaeology & Museums in 1968. Here you can witness various objects of Stone Age including 632 sculptures, 2061 coins, 125 paintings and 318 arms & weapons, 2 inscriptions, 55 terracotta figures, 18 metallic objects and 70 objects of art & craft.

  • Entry Fees: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child/Indian students.
  • Timings: 9:45 AM to 5:15 PM.

Famous restaurants to take bite:

  • Castle Bijaipur – traditional Rajasthani food.
  • Bassi Fort Palace – paranthas and Vegetable Food.
  • Pratap Palace (a local rajasthani cuisine)
  • Hotel Meera – both Indian and Mughal Meals.
  • Hotel Padmini – pure vegetarian meals.

 

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How to reach here:

  • Chittaurgarh is well connected to all the major cities of India. It is one of busy railway junctions where direct trains are available for Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Yeshwantpur, Bhopal, etc.
  • The capital city Jaipur is located about 310 kms away from Chittaurgarh.
  • Also, East-west corridor and Golden Quadrilateral of National Highway passes through Chittaurgarh district which connects it with other major cities.
  • RSRTC provides a decent transport service which connect the city with other major cities.
  • The nearest airport to reach Chittaurgarh is Dabok Airport, Udaipur which is about 70 km away.

Where to stay:

The price range of budget rooms starts from 400 INR here. You can get good accommodation here at low price range.

  • Fort Begu
  • RnB Chittorgarh
  • The Elegance Resort
  • Hotel Amrit Manthan
  • Hotel Kirti Plaza
  • Hotel Meera
  • Hotel Nandan Palace
  • Shalimar Hotel
  • Hotel Chetak
  • Hotel Vinayak Palace

 

Total Approximate Budget: Rs.1500 per head including food, sightseeing, night stay, transport

PS: This trip was taken in February 2016.

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