At the heart of Rajasthan, exists Chittorgarh, the land of brave men and determined women, where the regal women used to jump into fire at the news of failure at war to save themselves from the hand of the arch opponents.
Lend your ear to the posts and passages of the great fort; you may yet hear the drumbeats and the war cries, the faint sad carpings of love and great martyrdom. Epic saga of courage and blatant insubordination seems to be living in this rocky, desolate land
Sightseeing Places in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
The great, battle-scarred Chittorgarh Fort epitomizes in its tragic history the valor, romance, chivalry and strict death-before-dishonor code glorified in Rajput myths and legends. Sprawling across 280 ha, atop a steep 180 m high rocky hill, Chittorgarh’s ruined palaces, temples and towers bear witness to its illustrious and turbulent past, when it was the capital of the Sisodia rulers of Mewar, between the 12th and 16th centuries.
As Rajasthan’s mightiest forts, it was the target of successive invaders. The first siege, in 1303, was by Sultan Alauddin Khilji, whose goal was to capture not only the fort but also the queen, Rani Padmini, whose legendary beauty the sultan had glimpsed reflected in a mirror. When defeat seemed inevitable, Rani Padmini along with 13,000 women committed jauhar – a ritual form of mass suicide by immolation, practiced by Rajput women to escape dishonor at the hands of their enemies. It is said that 50,000 Rajput warriors died in the ensuing battle. Alauddin’s army then proceeded to sack the fort and destroy many of its buildings. Within a few years, however, the ruler’s grandson had regained it for the Sisodia dynasty.
The main street south of the Meerabai Temple runs towards the nine-storeyed Vijay Stambh, built by Maharana Kumbha between 1458 and 1468, to commemorate his victory over Sultan Mahmud of Malwa. The view from the top of this extraordinary 36 m high sandstone structure, richly carved with gods and goddesses is magnificent.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace
Rana Kumbha’s Palace, the first building to the right of the Chittorgarh Fort, is probably the earliest surviving example of a Rajput palace. Its northern side has a profusion of richly carved balconies, and a unique stepped wall. Elephant stables and a council chamber comprise its public areas, while the private apartments are a maze of small rooms, including a zanana section.
How to reach Chittorgarh
The closest airport is Udaipur which is about 90 km from the city and connected with New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, etc. by regular flights.
The railway station is an intersection of Western Indian Railways and is connected with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, etc.
The city is directly well linked with all parts of India, with the Golden Quadrilateral Road Project and North-South-East-West Corridor Expressway passing across it. The public bus stop is situated in the mid of old and new city and good efficient facilities are accessible for Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ajmer and other key big towns.