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Chittorgarh

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"City of Pride and Honor"

Chittorgarh Tourism

The capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, Chittorgarh is a land of forts, citadels, ruins, and immortal folklore of sacrifice and heroism. Located in South-Eastern Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is known for Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India built on a hilltop, spreading over an area of around 700 acres. The magnificent fortress will always be remembered for the courageous self-sacrificing Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini to thwart the conquest of the fort by Alauddin Khilji.

Chittorgarh stands at the helm of Chattari Rajput pride and is remembered in the pages of history for its glorious battles, especially the siege of Alauddin Khilji. Once known for its grandeur and opulence, today, Chittorgarh has left its tales of bravery and betrayal far behind to catch up to commercialization.

Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest structure in Chittorgarh fort, and while it is now a mere tumbledown structure of broken walls and piles of stones, it was once a magnificent three-storied palace with gigantic pillars, maze-like underground tunnels and intricately designed architecture. The most famous attraction in Chittorgarh fort is the Padmini Palace, named after Queen Padmini herself. Replete with roof pavilions and water moats, the story of Queen Padmini’s valour rings out loud in every corner of this dilapidated building. Other sights to visit in Chittorgarh include the Meera Temple, the Kalika Mata Temple, the Gau Mukh Kund, and the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary.

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History Of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh or Chitrakuta, whose foundation was laid by Mauryan ruler Chitrangada Mori is an integral part of Rajputana history of Rajasthan. The city antecedes to tales from the time of Mahabharata which explains the origin of ‘Bhimtal’ lake kick-started by one of the five Pandavas, Bhima. Chittorgarh is famous for the legendary Rajput clans’ rulers including Rana Kumbha, Rana Sanga, Maharana Pratap, and Rana Rattan Singh, Rani Padmini and the mystic poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna, Mirabai. In 1303, Allaudin Khilji, most powerful ruler of Delhi Sultanate who was fascinated by Rani Padmini, attacked the kingdom of Chittor with vigour when he failed to keep Rana Rattan Singh as a hostage. Chittorgarh had already lost 7,000 Rajput warriors in rescuing Rana Rattan Singh. There was no chance of survival and none for surrender as well. Therefore, Rani Padmini along with the wives of soldiers, ministers and servants performed ‘Johar’. The ‘Johar kund’ is a very popular tourist attraction in contemporary times. Chittorgarh gained momentum when Maharana Pratap came to rule Mewar in 1572. Chittorgarh fort is also a home to Mirabai Temple which was built by the followers of Mirabai in her memory. Mirabai was born in a Rajput family of Pali, Rajasthan. Mirabai is known for her indifference to social conventions like her devotion to Lord Krishna and treating him as her husband. Many devotional poems and bhajans for Lord Krishna are attributed to Mirabai. She is one of the most famous poetesses of ‘Bhaktikal’.

Shopping In Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is well-known for its shopping markets which have a lot of variety to offer like handicrafts, traditional dress materials, miniature paintings, wooden showpieces and crafty furniture, tie and dye dupattas and ethnic jewellery. Chittorgarh is also popular for its special Thewa jewellery, gold design carved on a glass. There are four popular markets for shopping:

Fort Road market
As the name suggests, this market is located on the way to Chittorgarh Fort. Thewa jewellery is available in every shop in the market. Apart from this, Fort Road market is famous for traditional embroidered mojaris and lehengas, items made out of camel leather and beautiful puppets.

Sadar Bazaar
Yet another popular market where you can buy exquisite traditional stuff, clothing, furniture, show pieces, especially puppets and accessories. Sadar Bazaar is a home to a number of malls and small-scale handicraft shops in the city.

Rana Sangha Market
Generally, all the city fairs are organized on the premises of Rana Sangha market. It is the best place to purchase akola fabrics, camel leather jootis, lac jewellery and earrings. In addition to this, you can buy colourful toys, bangles and dyed clothes embedded with glass work.

Gandhi Chowk
Here you can buy black metal souvenirs and mementoes for relatives, akola fabric and traditional Rajasthani attire.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh's cuisine has little that standouts but a number of local roadside eating places as well as restaurants can be found here. Though the town has little to call unique, when it comes to food, but you will never run out of options here. You can find a number of food domains here, from Mughal cuisine, local Rajasthani food to typical vegetarian Indian food.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Chittorgarh fort and the Kirti Stambh.
Day 2- Visit the local food joints, Vijay Stambh, Padmini's Palace and Kalika Mata Temple.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Rich in heritage and historic structures.

What's Not So Great?

Difficult to reach. Some parts in relics

For Whom?

Chittorgarh is a great place to visit for all history and architecture lovers.

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How To Reach Chittorgarh

The Udaipur Airport is the nearest one. Chittorgarh is well connected by rail. Chittorgarh is one of the stations of the Palace on Wheels circuit. Chittorgarh is well connected by road and bus.

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
Chittorgarh was built by Maurya Dynasty in the 7th century AD and is mainly known for its beautiful forts and temples. The Chittorgarh Fort is the largest in India and houses 4 palace complexes, 19 main temples, 4 memorials and 20 functional water bodies. If that doesn't make you want to go then maybe the fact that it is included in the travel wish list compiled by Business Insider at no. 7 might help. Despite the city being a history lover's delight, it has something for tourists of all tastes. The famous markets being Rana Sanga market, Fort Road market and the Sadar Bazaar. Also, there is an annual Jauhar Mela held in the city. Jauhar was suicide committed by the women folk each time the fort was under siege i. e thrice in its history. Visit Chittorgarh once in your life, just to see how majestic can power, glory and political superiority can be. How absolutely breathtaking a city laden with history can get. Maybe you will hear Meera bai's hymns at some forlorn night. And maybe, just maybe a visit may change your life.
gauranshi srivastava 1 year ago
Winter is the best season to visit Chittorgarh. The Chittorgarh fort is the biggest fort in Asia. It is in the shape of a fish when you view it from above. The fort opens in the morning (around 10 a.m.) and closes by evening. It is close to the city. Other attractions include Gau Mukh Kund, Vijay Stambh, Fateh Prakash Palace, Ratan Singh Palace and Meera Temple. Padmavati Mahal is another famous attraction. It is advisable to have a guide with you while exploring these historical places.
gauranshi srivastava 1 year ago
Winter is the best season to visit Chittorgarh. The Chittorgarh fort is the biggest fort in Asia. It is in the shape of a fish when you view it from above. The fort opens in the morning (around 10 a.m.) and closes by evening. It is close to the city. Other attractions include Gau Mukh Kund, Vijay Stambh, Fateh Prakash Palace, Ratan Singh Palace and Meera Temple. Padmavati Mahal is another famous attraction. It is advisable to have a guide with you while exploring these historical places.
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