- Chivalrous Chittorgarh, the citadel of the brave, reverberates with tales of valour and romance.
- Massive fort atop a hill is perhaps the best in the country.
- It is said that Bappa Rawal, the legendary founder of the Sisodia clan, conquered Chittaur from Mauryas in the middle of 8th century.
- Chittorgarh remained the capital of Mewar till 1567.
- Udaipur becomes the new capital of Mewar.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (UDR), 90 kms distance from Chittorgarh.
- Rail: Chittorgarh Railway Station, Chittorgarh, 2 kms away from Chittorgarh city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Meera Temple Kumbha Shyam Temple Kalika Mata Temple
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Govt. Museum, Fateh Prakash Mahal
ATTRACTIONS OF CHITTORGARH
- The Fort:
- Formidable fort perched atop a 180 metre high hillock covers a huge area of 700 acres.
- Originally built by the Mauryans in 7th century and later developed by the successive Mewar rulers.
- Fort is approached through seven huge gateways or ‘pols’.
- Guarded by watch tower and massive iron spiked doors.
- Vijaya Stambh or ‘Victory Tower’:
- Erected by Rana Kumbha in 1440, to commemorate his victory over the combined forces of the kings of Malwa and Gujarat.
- The nine storeyed tower rises to a height of 120 ft. (36.5 mts.) and has a girth of 30 ft. at the base.
- Ornately carved with splendid sculptures of Hindu deities.
- Kirti Stambh or ‘Tower of Fame’:
- 22 metre high tower was built in the 12th century.
- Dedicated to Lord Adinath Rishabdeo, the first Jain tirthankar.
- Intricately carved structure is full of figures from Jain pantheon.
- Rana Kumbha’s Palace:
- Rani Padmini is said to have committed Jauhar in one of the underground cellars of the palace.
- Palace although in ruins, reflects the tastes of Rana Kumbha, one of the greatest Mewar ruler.
- Padmini Palace:
- Zanana Mahal of the palace overlooks a pond of water.
- Allaudin Khilji is said to have seen the reflection of Rani Padmini.
- Meera Temple:
- Dedicated to Meera Bai, a mystic poetess.
- A great devotee of Lord Krishna.
- She was married to Bhojraj, the son of Rana Padmini.
- Kumbha Shyam Temple:
- Temple of Varah (Boar), an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- Built by Rana Kumbha in 1448.
- Associated with Meera Bai.
- Kalika Mata Temple:
- Temple of Goddess Kali was originally built as a Sun Temple.
- Built by Bappa Rawal in the 8th century.
- Govt. Museum, Fateh Prakash Mahal:
- Exhibits a rare and rich collection of sculptures from the fort and the temples.