NoChittorgarh Fort is grandiloquent about Rajput’s chivalry and distinction. Although there are many forts in Rajasthan when you will read my whole chronicle you will find Chittorgarh Fort is epic wax nostalgic.
Also, UNESCO has declared this fort as a World Heritage site of India as it is the biggest fort in Asia. It is the capital of Mewar. Earlier ruled by Mauryans. It has combat three major Muslim invasions from Allaudin Khilji, Bahadur Shah and Akbar but it was never considered as the hallmark of Muslims but always remain the fortification of Rajputs.
Recently after watching Padmavat movie I made up my mind to explore this fort and the place where Rani Padmini did Jauhar to keep the honour of the community and her resolute, invincible spirit alive.
Chittorgarh Fort History:
This fort is also called Chitrakoot. It is the shape of a big fish. It was built in 1303. Allaudin Khilji deceived Ratan Singh in the battle and took over the fort with the intention of possessing Rani Padmavati who was quite beautiful but very soon Rajput started ruling again under Hammer Singh Sisodia. Then afterwards it came under the control of Bahadur Shah ruler of Gujarat. But in 1567 Akbar won the fort and kept till the British rule.
Chittorgarh Fort Architecture:
Rambling around 700 acres and area of 13 kilometres, this fort has 6 palaces,84 waterbodies, 11 entrances,5 Havelis,4 memorials, 1 topkhana, 19 temples and 3 gardens.
Chittorgarh Fort Attractions:
Rana Kumbha Palace
First I enter into this palace. The entry is from Suraj pole gate. Around 600 years earlier Maharaja Kumba made this palace and temples inside it. AlsoMaharajaUdai Singh, the founder of Udaipur lived in this palace.
In the night there is light and sound show which reveals the history of this fort
Satbeej Devri temple
This is a Jain temple which was built in ancient times with beautiful carvings
Kumbha Swami Temple
It is Opposite side of Devri temple, it was made by Maharaja Kumbha.
Meera Devi Temple
From there I moved to Miradevimandir, this is the place where famous Meera used to sing devotional songs for Lord Krishna. There are many more stories related to it.
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
This temple is also nearby. It is the deity of Maharaja Kumbha and hot land of Pandavas.
- Vijay Stambh
It is also known as Jay Stambh.which is the epitome of triumph and victory of Mewar eminence when Maharaja Kumbha stood victorious on Mahmood ShahKhazi during the war. It is 122 feet high with nine floors with 157 staircases. I found very mesmerising view on the 9thfloorwith beautiful carvings all over the place.
- Jauhar Sthal
I found jauharsthal when I got down from Vijay Stambh. This is the place where Rani Padmavati and other princess did johar. It is actually a practice of mass self-immolation by women to avoid enslavement and rape by invaders after defeat.
- Swadeshwar Temple
When I move forward I entered this temple which was constructed in the 11th century. I found the remaining of broken pieces of the temple all over there which was destructed during the war with Allaudin Khilji.
- Gomukh Kund
This place is surrounded by the temple, it is a water body where the water is passing through rocks. I found many people taking bath in the water.
I began my journey around 9:00 AM in the morning but till noon I wasn’t able to see half of the Fort as I was keen to know every detail of this place so I decided to go back and come again in the evening as it was scorching heat. And the entry ticket was also valid for the whole
- Padmini Mahal
Then in the evening, I went to Padmini Mahal which is in the South direction of the Fort. It is a beautiful place surrounded by water where Rani Padmavati used to live. It is believed that Khiljisaw the glimpses of Rani in the water and was spellbound by her beauty.
Furtherer I moved to
- Fateh Prakash Palace
It is now a museum which was built by Fateh Singh.It exhibits the armaments and weapons of Kings of Mewar. Also, there are pieces of evidence of all the Kings. The entry ticket is ₹20 it gets open at 12:00 PM.
- Kirti Stambh
Then I explored this high rise tower of six floors. It is a Jain temple of the first Tirthankara Adinath.
Important points to be considered while visiting ChittorgarhFort:
- The timing of the opening is 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- The Fort is big enough so it will take three to four hours to explore.
- It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes while visiting the fort.
- Carry food along with you as there is no availability inside the Fort.
How to reach Chittorgarh Fort
- By Road
The approximate distance from Jaipur to chittorgarh is 300 kilometres a from a diaper it is 200 kilometre the best way is to hire a taxi from the airport which is nearly two hours drive
- By Plane
The nearest airport is MaharanaPratap airport which is in Udaipur. Famous airlines which connect are Spicejet, Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways.
- By Train
The central junction is 6 km from Chittorgarh Fort. Chandaria railway station is another junction which is 11 kilometres away. Popular trains are Mewar Express and Chetak.
- By Bus
If you take the bus from Udaipur to Chittorgarh, it is two hours journey.SRTC is the nearest bus stop.
Hotels in Chittorgarh Fort
There are many options in Udaipur city which is nearby to the fort but if you want to stay in Chittor. There are a few options:
- Fort Haveli which is 1 kilometre away from the Fort
Hotel Royal Inn which is 4 kilometres away from the fort.
- Elegance Resort which is also four kilometres far.
- Kukuda Resort which is 5 kilometres away from the centre.
- Castle narella Lake resort which is 11 kilometres from the centre.
All these hotels are three-star properties you can choose any of them and you can also avail the special discount at this time.
Things to do here:
You can visit Rana Sangha market for the local art jewellery and handicrafts.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is from October to March.
Friends!! I had fond memories of this beautiful place. Is there something you also want to do that freaks you out????
Anubha Jain :