Historical Site, Fort
For the tourists who are not aware of the history of Chittorgarh, this fort might come across as just beautifully preserved ruins. However, the ones who are aware would know that this is one of the sites that have defined the Rajputana pride and valour in India. The city as well as the fort are so well woven in the history of Rajasthan that there have been many tales and ballads that testify their glory. Chittorgarh Fort is an expansive fort built on the hilltop and is one of the most beautiful forts in India. Covering an area of 700 acres, this fort is actually a complex that houses many other royal structures and temples inside such as Kumbha Palace, Sringar Chauri, Fateh Prakash Palace, Kirti stambha and many others. Connecting all these points within the fort is the serpentine road which is quite steep and exhaustive to walk. In order to enter this fort, you will have to cross through seven huge gateways or ‘pols’, guarded by watch tower and massive iron spiked door
View Point, Architecture
Housed inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Vijay Stambha (translated as Victory Tower) stands as a testimony to the victory of Maharana Khumba over the intruder Mohammed Khilji. Built in 1440 AD, this tower is a huge structure
with 9 floors in 37 metres height. On the façade of this tower, you will be able to see inscriptions of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The epic stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata have also been carved to adorn the walls of this tower. In order to reach the top of this structure, you will have to climb atleast 157 narrow stairs. However, from the top you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the surroundings.
Religious Site, Temple
Whosoever is aware of Indian mythologies and history would be aware of the eternal verses of Meera, the saint poetess. Chittorgarh is the birth place of Meera Bai, a 16th century Rajput princess. Meera had abandoned the worldly pleasures in order to dedicate her life to Krishna, the Hindu Lover God. Infact the tradition of religious poetry movement in India is associated with Meera only. The Meera temple in Chittorgarh is dedicated to this poetess. Crafted in the architectural style of Rajputs, this temple exhibits extreme piety and dedication. Inside the temple, there are four pavilions in the open arcade enclosing the sanctum. As you walk inside the temple you shall be able to watch beautiful paintings of Meera Bhajans and Lord Krishna. There is also a carved statue of the five human bodies and one head. It signifies that there is no division on the basis of caste and creed to enter this temple
Located inside the premises of Chittorgarh Palace, the Padminis Palace is perhaps the most famous and most visited site. Considered to be the residence of Queen Padmini, this palace exhibits beautiful architecture and splendour. According to the local beliefs, this is the same palace where Sultan Alauddin Khilji view the reflection of the beautiful Rani Padmini in a mirror located in the main hall of palace. He was so much taken aback by her beauty that he decided to conquer Chittorgarh as a result. Due to this conquer, Rani Padmini decided to opt for jauhar, an act in which the royal women chose to immolate themselves rather than becoming the victims of outsider men.
Museum, Palace, Architecture , Specialty Museum
Housed inside the Fateh Prakash Palace, the Government museum is of much interest to the travellers who visit Chittorgarh. Built by Maharana Pratap Singh as his residence, this palace has been built in a typical Rajasthani style and interiors such as large corridors and pillars. The objects that have been displayed over here actually belong to Maharana Pratap Singh and exhibit his keen aesthetic sense. Inside, there are crystal objects that speak of history and grandeur. More so, there are pictures and paintings on the walls that delineate Rajasthani Folk tales and stories. Rest of the collection consists of a beautiful studded carpet, dining tables, dressers, perfume bottles and sofa sets. In the Durbar Hall section, youll be able to see axes, shields, knoves, farsa, helmets and soldier uniform.
Government Museum Of Fateh Prakash Palace
Translated as the tower of fame, the Kirti stambh is a Jain tower that is devoted to the first Jain Teerthankar Adinath. Rising atleast 22-meter-high, this tower has been built in the Solanki architectural style. Within this complex, there are beautiful carvings, balconies and niche areas that make for a splendid view. On the second floor, there is a sculpture of Adinath. On the façade of this tower, there are carvings of naked figures of various Jain teerthankars. From the top, i.e the seventh floor you can enjoy beautiful views of the whole fort
Tower Of Fame
Religious Site, Water Body, Nature
Located on the western side of the Chittorgarh fort, the Gaumukh Reservoir is a beautiful water body that adds to the scenic beauty of the whole place. Shaped like a mouth of cow from where it gets its name, this reservoir is filled through the water that flows through a crack in the Rock. Because of its association with cow, this reservoir holds a lot of religious significance for the Hindus. Feeding of fish is considered to be auspicious here.
The Palace of Rana Kumbha in Chittogarh fort is a 15th century monument that displays majestic Rajput architecture. Considered to be the residence of Rajput King Maharana Kumba, this palace holds underground cellars that incite the curiosity of the travellers. According to the oral folk stories, it was in these cellars that Rani Padmini and other women in the royal palace performed Jauhar. Although in ruins today, this palace was once of supreme importance since the major counsels, meetings, and administrative affairs of Chittorgarh were discussed here. Nearby, there is Shiva temple to be visited
Rana Kumbha Palace
Religious Site, Temple
Located on Mohar Magri in Chittorgarh fort, the Satbis Deori temple is a Jain shrine that holds a lot of religious significance. Mohar Magri is a mounted structure that was built in 1567 to defend the fort from the invasion of Akbar. From here, the canons could be easily shot towards the enemies. As for the temple, it displays beautiful architecture pertaining to Jain culture and tradition. A visit to this temple is a must for some spiritual retreat