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.