Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is a thriving industrial city along the banks of Berach and Gambhiri rivers. The Chittorgarh fort is an imposing monument built atop a hill. The ancient stone walls of the fort have witnessed battles and clashes between the Mauryan rulers and the invaders. The Chittaur fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within its 700 acre sprawling compound are ruins of many palaces, temples and water bodies. Gaumukh reservoir is considered sacred. Kirti Stambh and Vijay Stambh are two important memorials within the fort. Rana Kumbha Palace was the place where Rani Padmini and other women of the fort committed Jauhar i.e self immolation during the wars of the Rajput kingdom. Surrounded by water on all the sides is the beautiful Padmini Place. Nearby is the artistic 14th century Kalika Mata temple dedicated to goddess Kali.

One can observe the wildlife and landscape of the Aravalli hills at the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. These forests have teak, bamboo and amla trees along with panthers, four horned antelopes, bears, jackals and colorful birds.

Sathis Deori Temple is a Jain pilgrimage site. It has 27 temples decorated with intricate carvings. Fateh Prakash Palace and Chittorgarh museum showcase historic artefacts like coins, paintings and pottery.  

  • Monuments:

Chittorgarh Fort: This Fort built in traditional Rajsthani style with seven beautiful gates is one of the most visited tourist locations of Chittorgarh. Standing tall at 178 metres from the banks of river Berach, the 7th century fort offers panoramic view of the area. 

Rani Padmini Mahal: It is a magnificent palace, dedicated to Rani Padmini. As per the legendary tale, it is here that Allauddin Khilji was allowed by Rawal Ratan Singh to steal a glimpse of the beautiful Rani and eventually became smitten by her to an extent that he invaded Chittor. 

Kriti Stambh Chittorgarh: This 22 metre tall tower is another place of tourism in Chittorgarh. It was built by a wealthy Jain merchant during the reign of Rawal Kumar Singh in the memory of Adinath Ji the first of the Tirthankaras. It is built in Solanki style architecture and is decorated with Jain Pantheons.

Rana Kumbha Palace : It is the site where Rani Padmini committed Jauhar joined by 700 of her followers. The palace houses a Shiva temple and the royal stable and was named after the greatest of the Sisodias.

Fort Fateh Prakash Palace: It served as the residence of Maharaja Fateh Singh and has now been converted into a Government museum, since it houses a large number of paintings and a vast collection of crystal objects. 

Chittorgarh is also home to many famous temples like Kumbha Shyam Temple, Kalika Mata Temples, Meera Temple, Shiva Temple.

  • Natural Places:

Gaumukh Reservoir is a delight for the nature lovers, It gets its name from its shape which resembles a cow’s mouth. It is a unique place in Chittorgarh Fort, the cool water and the soothing view of the pond relieves one from the stress of walking along the fort. There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in and around Chittorgarh which can be visited by animal lovers, bird watchers, and adventure enthusiasts. Their names are: Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Padmini’s Gardens and Chittorgarh Fort Gardens are the two famous gardens where tourists can spend some quality time with their loved ones.

  • Food: 

If you wish to try the authentic Rajasthani cuisine then try the famous “thaali”. Dal Baati Choorma, Gatte ki khichdi, Parantha, Mohan Maas, Laal Maas, Badam Halwa are some of the famous dishes that one must try while in Chittorgarh. Street food like samosas, and different variety of kachoris should also be tried.

  • Activities:

After you have visited all the places of historic importance and those enriched with natural beauty in Chittorgarh you can take a short road trip to the nearby town of Nagri and get a glimpse of the Mauryan era. After exploring Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary you can stay at Bassi Fort Palace and enjoy your royal treatment. 

  • Shopping:

Rana Sanga Market, Sadar Bazaar, Fort Road Market, New Cloth Market, Gandhi Chowk, Station Circle are some of the popular markets in Chittorgarh. When in Chittorgarh don’t forget to buy exclusive handicraft items like camel leather skin products, wooden antiques, decorative items. Take back home a collection of colourful bangles, beautiful embroidered lehengas, camel leather skin jootis, and the unique Thewa Jewelry (gold designs embedded in glass), Akola fabrics are also quite popular, and for the kids one must buy, wooden painted toys from Bassi village.