If you are looking for an extravagant place in Rajasthan to add to your bucket list then the charismatic Chittorgarh is the one. Chittorgarh is a city and a municipality in Rajasthan state of western India. It is the epitome of Chattari Rajput pride, romance, and spirit. People of Chittor always chose death before surrendering against anyone. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas, and is the administrative headquarters of Chittorgarh District and the former capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. The History of this town is written in blood and sacrifice. It is a symbol of all that was brave true and noble in the glorious. The city of Chittorgarh is located on the banks of river Gambhir and Berach.
As we know “We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us“, here are some scenic and architectural marvel to visit in Chittorgarh.
01. Chittorgarh Fort
The first place which comes to your mind when you imagine Chittorgarh is the marvelous Chittorgarh Fort. This massive structure was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century. It is seated on a 180-meter hill and spreads across 700 acres. This fort was the citadel of many great Indian warriors such as Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, Gora, Badal, etc. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort.
Chittorgarh Fort is also known as Water Fort as it used to have 84 water bodies but it has only 22 now. The fort has seven gates (known as Pol), namely Ram Pol (the main entry gate), Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Laxman Pol, Jodla Pol, Bhairon Pol, Padan Pole. It will take almost 2-3 hours to explore the entire fort complex. This fort is famous because of The Jauhar which Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavtai underwent during the siege. If you are visiting Chittorgarh then this fort is the first place you should go.
02. Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower)
A huge nine-story tower of fame, built by Maharana Kumbha, to celebrate his victory over Mohd. Khilji. The tower is 122 ft. high and stands on a 10 ft. base. It is made of a combination of red sandstone and marble. This tower reflects the historical tradition and it is embellished by sculptures of Hindu deities. The topmost story features an image of The Jain Goddess, Padmavati. There are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower and the view from the top of the structure is breathtaking.
03. Rana Kumbha Palace
Located near the Vijay Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace is the birthplace of the founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh. This palace was believed to be built by Bappa Rawal in 735 AD and later on maharana Kumbha renovated it and then onwards this was named after him. According to the legends, his wife was saved by the heroic act of the nurse Pana Dhai who replaced her son in place of the prince and carried the prince away safely in a fruit basket. It is also believed that Rani Padmini organized her self-immolation inside this fort. The best time to visit this fort is during the winter season
04. Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)
Kirti Stambh, also known as Tower of Fame, is a 12th-century old 22-meter high tower situated at Chittorgarh fort. It is one of the pleasant tourist attractions of the fort established by the first Tirthankar and it is committed to Adinath. It stands as the first Jain Tirthankara, a monument to Adinath. It reflects the Digambar’s cultural beliefs. Constructed in Solanki style architecture it is decorated with beautiful hand-carved naked figures, columned balconies, and windows. In the lower story, images of the standing Adinath are depicted in all cardinal directions. To access the peak it has a narrow staircase and it also has an observation hall which offers a panoramic view of Chittorgarh city. However, this monument is closed for visitors to go inside the monument.
05. Padmini Palace
Padmini palace stands as the prime attraction of the Chittorgarh fort. Padmini Palace is the place where Rani Padmavati lived after marrying the ruler of Mewar kingdom, Rawal Ratan Singh. Located inside the Chittorgarh Fort, this fort has a unique history attached to it. This is the legendary place where Ala-Ud-Din Khilji was permitted to have a glimpse of beautiful Rani Padmavati in a mirror placed inside the main hall of the place. The fort is surrounded by a Lotus pool which adds to the charm of the monument. The Padmini Palace is where the Rajput women sacrificed their lives when the palace was attacked by Alauddin Khilji. It marks their loyalty and strength to fight or die rather than facing dishonour.
06. Fateh Prakash Palace
Made by Maharana Pratap Singh, The Fateh Prakash Palace is a magnificent double-storeyed structure inside the Chittorgarh Fort. This palace served as Maharana’s Residence. Maharana was intended to showcase his inclination towards art and culture through this construction and now a big portion of it has been converted into a public museum with a big Ganesh Idol, a fountain, artistic pillars, corridors, and some frescos that attracts every visitor’s eyes. The museum also has all the weapons and equipment used in the battleground of the Rajput’s like daggers, knives, shields, axes, helmets, costumes. The palace also has a splendid collection of crystals that were collected by Maharana Sajjan Singh which is said to be so large that it can be exhibited in a museum. This palace is a must-visit place when traveling to Chittorgarh.
07. Sanwariaji Temple
The temple is dedicated to the most renowned deity, Lord Krishna, also known as Shri Sanwariaji Seth. It is located 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh. The beautiful temple is built in pink sandstone while the idol of the deity is made of black stone depicting the black skin tone of Lord Krishna. This temple is of great importance for traders, businessmen, and merchants, who offer their prayers to gain wealth and success in their business. They stuck a deal of profit-sharing with the god. Amazing isn’t it?
There is a very famous legend behind the construction of this temple. Back in the 1840s, there was a milkman in a town known as Bholaram. One night he had a dream of three statues was buried in the ground in Chapar village. On digging the ground the man discovered three beautiful idols of Lord Krishna as he has seen in his dream. One status was taken to Bhadsoda, another to Mandaphiya and one remained to the place where it was dug out from. This temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours.
08. Ratan Singh Palace
Known as The Winter Palace of the Royal Family, Ratan Singh Palace is a scenic place in Chittorgarh. He succeeded the throne after the death of his father Rana Sanga. The entrance of the palace has a soaring archway and chattris atop and the outside has attractive carvings. t is rectangular on plan and enclosed by high walls. This palace also has Ratneswar Mahadeva Temple on the northern side of the entrance. It was used by Royal families to celebrate royal ceremonies and functions as it has beautiful internal architecture and embellished walls, enormous space, and well-maintained gardens.
09. Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are an animal lover and want to interact with them more closely then Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit place for you. The name is of this wildlife sanctuary is after Hindu Deity Sita Mata. It is believed that this sanctuary is to be the same forest where Valmiki Ashram from Ramayana was situated. Sita Mata sanctuary is situated in the Pratapgarh and Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan and falls over the Aravalli ranges and the Malwa Plateau. The government of Rajasthan has declared this wildlife sanctuary as a protected forest area. It covers 40% of the total land area of the district with its dense forest. It is well connected by road with major cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. This sanctuary is rich in dry deciduous flora and fauna and consisted of several water bodies. Various animals like flying squirrel, spotted deer, wild boar, Indian Leopard, porcupine, and four-horned antelope can be seen here.
The perfect time to visit Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of October to February. As summers are extremely hot where temperature can reach up to 44 degree Celsius, in contrast to this in winters it is extremely hot dropping the temperature to 5 degree Celsius. It is a perfect place to spend some time with your family away from a busy and tiring lifestyle.
10. Kalika Mata Temple
An 8th-century Hindu temple located inside Chittorgarh Fort, Kalika Mata Temple, is a very famous pilgrimage attraction. It was originally built as a Sun temple and later on converted into a temple of Kalika, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. A lot of hard work has been put into making the architecture of this magnificent temple. It is believed that Kalika Mata is the protector of the Chittorgarh fort as Goddess Kalika symbolizes power and valor. The main attraction of this temple is the annual festival which attracts a large number of devotees who came to seek blessings. Chittorgarh has several famous temples like MeeraBai Temple, Kallaji Rathore Temple, and many more.
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