Pride & Glory of Rajasthan - Chittaurgarh famous for its glorious fort

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Chittaurgarh - Quick Facts

Area: 28 Sq. km.
Population: 154,439
Altitude: 408 metres
Season: October to March
Clothing: Summer- Light tropical, Winter- Light woolens
Rainfall: 60-85 cms
Languages: Rajasthani and Hindi

The Pride & Glory of Rajasthan!

The town is famous for its glorious fort, which can be singled out for its glorious past & valor. The fort is perched on 180 meter high hill, covering an area of 700acres, and can be reached through several gates. The fort is studded with several historical monuments and memorials; the important ones are Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha's palace, padmini palace, Meera and Kumbha Shyam Temple etc. The imposing fort has witnessed some bloodiest battles in the Indian history, three great sieges and some of the most heroic deeds of valor, which are still sung by the local musicians.

Chittaurgarh is located about 112 km from Udaipur in a country strewn with rocky cliffs, monsoon streams and pleasant fields. Chittaurgarh fort stands about 180-metres high and at the summit it is 5 km long north to south, but only 3 km at its widest, east to west. The town known for its massive fort atop a hill, can be signaled out for its glorious past and valor unique of the Rajput tradition. Aruined citadel, where the royal past lies in its imposing forts, majestic palaces and spectacular chhatris.

By Air
Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur (98 km away).

By Rail
Chittaurgarh Railway Station it is connected to Ajmer, Jaipur, Alwar, Delhi, Bundi, Kota, Udaipur, & Ahmedabad.

By Road
NH-8 Chittaurgarh is 297 km from Mount Abu, & 628 km from Delhi

•        Menal - 90 km.
•        Sita Mata Sanctuary - 423 km.
•        Deogargh Fort – 125 km.
•        Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary – 25 km.
•        Bijalpur – 40 km.

Gaumukhi (cow’s mouth) Reservoir
It is situated near the Mahasati Chowk. The water from a spring flows through a stone structure, curved in the form of a cow’s mouth, into the reservoir.

Mohar Nagri (Hill of Gold Coins)
A small structure, which raised during the invasion of Chittaurgarh by Akbar in 1567 AD, its gets the name Mohar Nagri because, it is believed, Emperor Akbar paid one mohar (gold coin) for each basketfull of earth placed on this mound. As the work was very dangerous, soldiers kept guard from the ramparts above. The mound was raised to such a height that the Mughal cannons could could be placed over it and fired to inside the fort.

Rana Ratan Singh’s Palace
Situated by the Ratneshwar Lake it is built in stone around 1530 A.D. and has stucco covering. Enclosed with in high walls its original rectangular plan has been much altered over the years.

Nagri (20 kms)
One of the most important townships of the Mauryan era in Rajasthan, it is situated on the banks of river Bairach. It was formerly known as Madhyamika, which flourished from the Maurya up to the Gupta era. Excavation carried out here have Unearthed many interesting facts about the strong Hindu and Buddhist influences existing here.

Badoli (130 kms)
The ruins of the famous temples of Badoli, near Rawatbhata, can be seen here. This town is worth a visit, because of a number of ancient temples situated here.

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 50 sq. kms and is near the Bassi village. The key fauna of the sanctuary are panther, wild, boar, antelope and mongoose. Migratory birds also visit the sanctuary. For entry into the sanctuary, prior permission has to be obtained from the District Forest Officer, Chittaurgarh.

Sanwariaji Temple (40) kms
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is situated on the Chittaurgarh-Udaipur highway. It is a contemporary temple and an important Hindu pilgrimage centre.

Matri Kundiya Temple (50 kms)
It is also known as the ‘Haridwar of Mewar’. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Bhainsrogarh Wildlife sanctuary (90) kms: The sanctuary lies in the lush green environs of Bhainsrorgarh and has numerous archaeological remains.

Bijaipur (40) kms
The 350-year- old castle, built by Rao Shakti Singh. The youngest brother of Maharana Pratap is the main attraction here. It has now been Converted into a heritage hotel.

Deogarh (125 kms)
This 16th century fort, near Pratapgarh, is famous for the places with their ornate murals and the Jain temples.

Menal (90 kms)
Also as the mini Khajuraho, it is blessed with nature’s bounties. Situated on the Chittaur- Bundi road, it has many ancient temples, a waterfall and Beautiful forests.

Gotmeshwar (130 kms)
This place is famous for the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Jogini Mata (90 kms)
This temple of Goddess Yogini is said to be 300 years old.

The Fort
Situated on a hill and spread over 700 acres, it is believed to have been constructed by Bhim, once of the heroes of Mahabharata. Highlight here include yhe Padal Pol, where Prince Bags Singh died during the second attack on this fort; yhe Bhairon Pol and the Hanuman Pol, where the young Rathore Prince Jaimal of Badnore and his associate Kalla were killed during an attact by Akbar; and the Ram Pol, which commemorates the gallantry of the 15 years old Patta of Kelwa, who died at this spot.

Vijay Stambh
Known as the victory tower, it is a 37 meter high structure with 9 stories. It was built by Maharana Kumbha in commemoration of his victory over the Muslim ruler of Malwa and Gujrat, in 1440.

Rana Kumbha's Palace
This is believed to be the place where Princes Padmini and other royal ladies committed ‘Jauhar’. Though only the ruins remain, the architectural wonders of the palace can still be perceived.

Gangaur Festivals
The fair and festivals of Rajasthan reflect the life style and people as also seen in Chittaurgarh Gangaur festival a festival of maidens and married women/ it is dedicated to Gauri, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. It begins on the day following Holi and is celebrated for eighteen days.

Curios in marble, sandalwood and sandstone can be bought from the shops around Nakki Lake. Kota sarees, bangles and linen with sanganeri prints are also available. For Rajasthani handicrafts there is Rajasthali, Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium.

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