Chittor Garh Fort

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The Fort

The indomitable pride of Chittor, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A.DĚ Perched on a 180 m high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The chhatris within are impressive reminders of the Rajput heroism.The main gates are Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol.The fort has many magnificent monuments, which are fine examples of the Rajput architecture.The ancient ruins of the fort are worth spending few moments in solitude.

 
 

Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower)

The imposing 37 metre high structure with nine storeys has exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. It was built in 1440 AD. by Maharaja Kumbha, a powerful ruler of Mewar, to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat.

 
  Rana Kumbha's Palace
 

This ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest is the most massive monument in the fort of Chittaur. The palace is believed to have underground cellars. The pool beside the palace is a magnificent one. It was here that Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of Queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padnmini stood in a Zanana Mahal a pavilion in the centre and her reflection was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall. After having a glimpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravaging Chittaur in order to possess her.


Gaumukh Reservoir
 

A walk down the temple will lead you to this deep tank. A spring feeds the tank from a carved cow's mouth in the cliffside-from, which the reservoir got its name.

 
  Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame)
 

The 22 metre high tower was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in the 12th century AD.The tower is dedicated to Adinathji, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras and is decorated with figures of the Jain pantheon. The Chittor Kirtistambha is the only surviving tower from its period in north India. The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the romantic, doomed ideal of Rajput chivalry. Today, the fort is a deserted, peaceful ruin standing on a 280-hectare site atop a 180m hill jutting abruptly from the surrounding plain. This monument to heroism is well off the tourist circuit, but it's worth a detour..

 
  Meerabal Temple

It is the temple where Meerabai worshiped Lord Krishna. It is built in north Indian Style on a raised plinth with a conical roof with a beautiful inner sanctum has four small pavilions in each corner.

 
   
 

Chittorgarh - Excursion
  Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
 

A sanctuary near Bassi, covering an area of 50 Sq with panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds. Prior permission has to be obtained from the District Forest Officer, Chittorgarh before visiting the sanctuary.

 
  Deogarh

It is 125 km from Chittorgarh. A 16th century magnificent fort near Pratapgarh with some beautiful palaces ornate with murals and splendid Jam temples.

 
  Menal and Bijolia
90 km from Chittorgarh. Amidst the natural beauty lies Menal, the coldest town famous for its ancient Shiva temples, picturesque waterfalls and dense forests on the Bundi-Chittaur road.

  Bijolia

It is situated 16 Km from Menal and was once a group of 100 temples. Today, only three are remaining of which one has a huge figure of Ganesh.


  Mandalgarh

A detour between Menal and Bijolia takes you to Mandalgarh, which is the third fort of Mewar built by Rana Kumbha. 


  Nagri

17 Km from Chittorgarh. It is one of the oldest towns in Rajasthan north of Chottor. Hindu and Buddhist remains of the Mauryan to the Gupta period have been found here.  


  Jagat
 

At this small town, 20Km south of the road between Udaipur and Chittorgarh is a small 10th century Durga. There are some fine sculptures and small erotic carvings.

 
   

 

 


  Chittorgarh - Accessibility
Air : The nearest airport, 90 km from the Dabok airport in Udaipur.
Rail : Chittorgarh is well connected by rail. These are the best services - Chetak Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla Chittorgarh-Udaipur); (Kota Chittorgarh-Nimach); 9769 Express (Khandawa-Chittorgarh-Ajmer).
Road : Bus services operate to several important destinations like Delhi (583 km), Chittorgarh (297 km), Jaipur (325 km), Indore (325 km) and Ajmer (185 km).
 
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The Fort

The indomitable pride of Chittor, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A.DĚ Perched on a 180 m high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The chhatris within are impressive reminders of the Rajput heroism.The main gates are Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol.The fort has many magnificent monuments, which are fine examples of the Rajput architecture. The ancient ruins of the fort are worth spending few moments in solitude.

 
   
 
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