Chittorgarh is one of the most enchanting places of Rajasthan that reverberate the brave stories of Rajputana era. The city of Chittorgarh reflects the pride, bravery and glorious history of Rajputs. Tour of Chittorgarh would be an interesting phenomenon if you are planning to visit Udaipur, which is located just about 117kms from Chittorgarh.
Chittorgarh is named after the Chittorgarh Fort, which is the most striking structure of this place, standing atop 180 m high hill. The vastness of this fort can be assumed with the fact that it is spread across 700 acres. The fort is said to be constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century. The magnificent structure sings the tales of courage and romance, sung by the bards of Rajasthan for centuries. The glorious fort has some of the splendid monuments which can be reached via 7 different gates.
Another striking place of interest is the Vijay Stambh or Tower of Victory. It was constructed by Maharana Kumbha to eternalize his victory against the Muslims rulers of Gujarat and Malwa. This nine storey tower is built with redstone and white marble, detailed with inscriptions of Hindus god and goddesses. One can catch a spectacular glimpse of the entire town from the terrace. Kirti Stambh or Tower of Fame is yet another monument of victory and valour. It was built by a Jain merchant and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar (great teacher) Adinath Ji.
Chittorgarh is home to various palaces as well. The Rani Padmini Palace built on the banks of lotus pool has played a vital role in shaping the history of Rajputs. It has a large pavilion that provided privacy to the Rajput Queens. It is said that Alauddin Khilji, the sultan of Delhi spotted Rani Padmani’s reflection in the pool and infatuated by her beauty, he led his forces to get her. Then there is Fateh Prakash Palace which boasts of Rajput styled architecture. One can find medieval era statues, weapons, wood crafts and clay replicas of the tribal people. It now serves as a museum. Other ruined edifices in Chittorgarh are Ratan Singh Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace which are much visited spots.
The majestic Chittorgarh has charm of its own. When you visit Rajasthan, do visit this place to learn about the mesmerizing history of Rajasthan.