Chittorgarh is an ancient city in Rajasthan state of western India. The origin of Chittorgarh can be traced to the seventh century. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas, and is the administrative headquarters of Chittorgharh District and a former capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar. It remained the capital of the local Sisodia clan of Rajputs from the eighth to the 16th century.
A tour to Chittorgarh allows one to explore the history. The interesting places there like Chitorgarh Fort and etc. reveal a lot of secrets hidden in the history of Rajasthan. Chittorgarh is pride & glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to the Rajput tradition.
Prime Tourist Places in and around Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh Fort :
The fort has seven gates and are named as Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and the main entry gate of Lord Ramas that is Ram Pol Within the fort, a circular road provides access to all gates and monument located within the fort walls. All the gateways to the fort have been built as massive stone structures. The main gate of the fort is called the surajpol meaning the Gate of Sun. The doors of the gates with pointed arches are reinforced to fend off canon shots and elephants. The fort once boasted of 84 water bodies, but unfortunately is left with only 22 now. These water bodies are in the form of ponds, wells and step wells.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace:
Fateh Prakash Palace:
Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in the Bassi Village, almost 25 kms from Chittorgarh, you would view a profusion of panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongooses and several migratory birds. If you intimate in advance, you could also enjoy a wildlife tour on horseback.
Victory Tower :
Menal: Located 78 kms from Chittor, this is termed as Little Khajuraho. Of course erotic carvings are not as profuse as in Khajuraho, but if you visit the Shiva Temple here, you could see erotic carvings of gods and goddesses adorning the walls.
Kunwar Pade ka Mahal: This palace housed the prince of Chittor and is the first instance of use of S-shaped arches in Rajput architecture. These arches are also found in the Palace of Rana Ratan Singh, as well as in most temples and step wells constructed later. A special feature of the Kunwar Palace is the excessive use of blue tiles.
Rani Padmini’s Palace:
Kirti Stambha :
Palaces of Jaimal and Patta: Jaimal and Patta were among the most renowned and strongest defenders of the Chittorgarh Fort. They resided in what was among the last structures to be constructed in Chittorgarh. These are not really palaces, but simple houses with minimally decorated facades and lack the opulence of the other palaces. Located a little away from these palaces is the three-storeyed now in ruins, Chonda House.
Kalika Mata Temple :
Jain Temples : In the total of six Jain temples, the temple of Bhagwan Adinath is the largest and consists of 52 Devkulikas. The Digambar Jain Kirtstambha and the seven storied Kirtistambh are the famous two among them
Kumbhashyama Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The use of precious stones is abundant and images of gods, goddesses and the eight rulers adorn the walls. The 16th Century
Adbhutnath Temple shows unrefined images of gods. The main idol within is that of Lord Shiva as the Destroyer, made in wood and sporting three faces. The
Bhawani Temple, dedicated to the Tulja Goddess, patron deity of the Chittor tribes. Next to the temple is the tope khana, which still houses old cannons.
The temperatures ranges between 25ºC to 45ºC in summers in Chittorgarh while winters are cooler and pleasanter with a temperature range between 10ºC to 30ºC. In this area, rainfall is scanty and generally ranges between 60 to 85 cm.
Chittorgarh Bed and Breakfast
There are a myriad of hotels located near the key areas of interest that can be booked in advance.Accommodation is possible with prices starting from Rs 400 for normal rooms till Rs 3,600 for star hotels. Deluxe rooms also comparatively cost less than Rs 2,000 and offer state-of-the –art amenities. Hotel services include Money Exchange, Safe Deposit, Swimming Pool, Travel Desk, Laundry and Car Rentals.
There are restaurants that provide Indian, Chinese, Continental and “Traditional Rajasthani Meals” for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Rajasthani ambience. All deluxe and luxury rooms have air-conditioning which is required in summer, but if you are planning to visit Chittorgarh in winter, this is not required.
Shopping in Chittorgarh
Chittaurgarh is simply the right location to get your hands around the appealing wooden toys which are produced by the rural individuals from Bassi, a village close to Chittorgarh. Visitors could be seen getting Pratapgarh unique, ‘Thewa’ posts, Akola’s printed cloth of Akola and leather ‘Mojri’, a specialty of Gangaur, as mementos and gifts for their family members. The best locations to go for that looking spree are Sadar Bazaar, New Cloth Marketplace, Fort Road Marketplace, Rana Sanga Market, Gandhi Chowk and Station Circle.
By Air: Udaipur is the nearest airport. Daily flight form Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Lucknow are available to Udaipur
By Rail: Chittaurgarh has rail links with Ahmedabad, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota, Alwar and Delhi.
By Road: Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Jaipur to Chittaurgarh. It is also connected by road to Delhi, Mount Abu, Chittaurgarh, Bundi and Udaipuri.