The city of Chittaur is a treasure trove of history of gallantry, tenacity and sacrifice. At one end of the city stands, on the mountain top, the Chittaurgarh epitomizing Rajput pride, valor and passion for freedom and honour. Built in the seventh century by the Mauryan rulers the fort stands, on 700-acres of land, and is a silent witness to many gory battles. The fort remains open from dawn to dusk everyday. At night the fort is illuminated beautifully with bright lights.
All the attraction of Chittaur centers on this historical fort. A metallic path stretches from the heart of the city to the core the fort. The non-impressive exterior of the fort hides the vastness of its interior. A long, winding, impenetrable wall has moved up from the foothill to the hilltop encircling the fort. A number of gates Badal Pole, Bhairo Pole, Hanuman Pole, Ram Pole to name a few lead to the core palace area.
The interior of the fort is built and decorated using Rajput architecture and sculpture. The prime attraction of the fort is the Vijay Stambha or Victory Tower. Set up in the year 1440 the 37 meters high finely decorated curved tower is a memorabilia of the victory of Rana Kumbha over Gujarat and Malabya. Climbing along the twisted flight of stairs upto the top of the tower is a unique experience. Both the interior and the exterior walls of the yellow sandstone tower are adorned with intricate designs and pictures depicting various incidents from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Kirtistambha, another tower within the fort premise, is 22 meters high and was built by a Jain merchant.
A very significant place in the fort lies just beside the palace of Rana Kumbha where Rani Padmini scarified herself while performing Jahar Brata a notorious Rajput ritual where royal ladies used to commit suicide by throwing themselves into fire to protect their dignity and honour form being outraged by external armies.
Other historical areas of the fort are Syamkumbha Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Jaimal and Patta Palace, and Meerabai Temple.
The government museum remains closed on Friday only.
HOW TO REACH
Buses roll aplenty from Udaypur, 112 km away.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winter is the ideal time to visit Chitorgar.
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TRAVEL TIPS Adequate protection is needed to save oneself from the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Caps and umbrellas are most convenient shields.
While exploring the mysteries of the forts dont forget to carry enough quantity of water.