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Chittaurgarh Tour

Chittaurgarh FortChittaurgarh the giant mound of rocks,over 275 years saw three tragic sieges by fearsome invaders, hopeless battles in the shadow of the Aravalli Hills, the gorgeous Rani Padmini, the bhajans of Meerabai, soldiers dressed in saris, three mass suicides by thousands of women and children and the unearthly valour of the Rajputs revolves round the place. Chittaurgarh was the Sisodia capital of the Mewar from the early 13th century until the Mughal Emperor Akbar's in 1567 at which Rana Udai Singh decamped to the hills.


Location
Chittaurgarh lies by the Gambhiri and Berach rivers in the shadow of the Aravallis in South Eastern Rajasthan, 38 km from the Madhya Pradesh Border.

Climate
The climate of the place is arid, with summers being very hot and winters being cool. The place experiences scant rainfall between June and August. The ideal time to visit the place is in the winters between October to March.
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Major Attractions
Chittaurgarh Fort - The battles fought around this strategic bastion were so incredible that they now sounds like myths rather than legends. The Mori King Chitrangad Maurya built the fort in 7th century A.D, and called it Chitrakoot. The road uphill passes through various gateways, some with Gujrati elements. The Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most evocative section of the Rajput architecture.

Within the Zenana Mahal of the Kumbha Palace is an endless arrays of maidservants quarters, with staircase leading romantically to nowhere. Eventually, the staircase leads to the long underground passes through which Padmini and her ladies pass down to the bathing tank, Gaurmukh Kund. The Chitrangad Lake, and some ruined palaces can be seen today at the southern end where they lounge over an area of 690 acres.

The Vijay Stambha - Built by Rana Kumbha to celebrate his routing of the Sultan of Malwa or Mandu. It rises nine storey high and is covered head to toe with Hindu deities. Allah's name is inscribed in Arabic on the third and eight storey. South to the tower is the site of the great Saka.
The Meerabai Temple
The Kalika Mata Temple - Originally built as a Sun Temple in the 8th century, the temple was later converted into Kalika Mata Temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess Kali -the symbol of power and valour.

The Meerabai Temple - This is a memorial temple where an old woman is seen sitting playing finger cymbals to recorded bhajans. Meerabai threw herself into Krishna Bhakti after marriage and soon became a young widow. After this she declined to stay in purdah.

The Shanti Nath - The temple represent an astonishing duality, where in a neat square elaborately carved on all sides, an incongruous Islamic dome can be seen. One stares at the oddity with a mixture of laughter and dismay.

Padmini Palace - Built in the middle of a beautiful lotus pool, this palace was meant to keep Rani Padmini cool in the summers. Decorated with a historical pavilion, it is the place where Alauddin Khilji saw the reflection of Queen Padmini and got so mesmerised with her beauty that he decided to possess her at any cost. This lead to Jauhar, mass suicide of women in the fort.

Kirti Stambh - The Tower of Fame is dedicated to Adinath, the 1st Jain Teerthankar, Kirti Stambh is a must visit tourist attraction in Chittaurgarh. The 22 meters high 7- storied tower was build by a wealthy Jain merchant in 12th century AD. A narrow stairway takes you through seven stories of the tower to the top.

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Nearby Attractions
Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary - The sanctuary supports a population of panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds. Prior permission has to be obtained from the district forest officer, Chittaurgarh before visiting the place

Nagri - One of the oldest towns in Rajasthan, Nagri is 17 kms north of Chittaurgarh. Hindu and Buddhist remains from the Mauryan to the Gupta periods have been found here.

Wooden Painted Toys
Shopping
Peoples visiting the place can avail the opportunity of shopping for the wooden painted toys and gold jewelry in Chittorgarh. Also famous are the Akola printed fabrics and leather jutees made in Gangrar.


How to Reach
By Air - Udaipur, 112 km away is the nearest airport from Chittaurgarh. Regular flights connect Udaipur to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Lucknow.
By Rail - Chittaurgarh is well linked by rail networks to Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Kota and Alwar.
By Road - Chittaurgarh is well connected by roads to Jaipur, Delhi, Mount Abu and Udaipur .The Golden Quardilateral Road Project and North-South-East-West corridor expressways passes through Chittaurgarh City


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