Romance of the Desert
The Heritage Rajasthan
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi- Agra-Jaipur- Udaipur- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer- Bikaner- Mandawa- Delhi
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi - Agra- Jaipur - anthambore - Kota- Chittaurgarh - Dungarpur- Udaipur- Bombay
The Heritage Rajasthan
18 Nights / 19 days Delhi - Agra -Ranthambhore - Jaipur- Pushkar - Udaipur - Mt Abu- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
|The history of Chittorgarh is a saga of valour, honour, and sacrifice. If you’ve heard of the courage of the Rajput rulers and their spouses, here is the place that will bring those events and person to life. Also called Chittor or Chittaur, the city is in south Rajasthan on the banks of Gambheri River hugging a hill. It is 112 kms from Udaipur and 182 kms from Ajmer. It serves as an administrative headquarters of Chittorgharh District.
Chittorgarh is a former capital of the Sisodia clans of Rajputs of Mewar. Known for their courage, these rulers preferred to take their own lives than surrender to the enemies. The Chittor Fort was sieged thrice and each time the rulers made this supreme sacrifice. Their valour is shared by their women and children who thrice committed Jauhar, first by Rani Padmini, and later by Rani Karnavati. Its major landmark is Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort of India.
Chittorgarh Fort: The main attraction of the town, Chittorgarh Fort rises beside a steep hill. Probably for strategic advantage, entry begins with a challenging 1 km zigzag ascent and past seven gates. The main gateway is the western gate (Rampol). Along the way, one can see two chhatris (memorials) of Jaimal and Kalla who lost their live defending the Fort in 1568.
Though largely in ruins today, one can still grasp the glory of its yesteryears. You will be inspired when you reach the Rana Kumbha Palace believed to be the place where Queen Padmini performed Jauhar.
Other must-see is the 37 m, 9 storied Victory Tower (Vijay Stambh). It was built by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mahmud Khilji in 1440. The balconies in each floor provide ample view of the monuments within the fort. Another attraction is the Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh).This 22 m high tower with carvings of Jain deities was built in the 12th century in honour of Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara (spiritual leader). Other spots worth visiting are the Bhimtal Tank, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Meera Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple, and the 8th-century Kalika Mata Temple.
Nagri (20 kms): Excavations here showed strong Hindu and Buddhist influence. It was one of the most important townships of the Mauryan era in Rajasthan. It stands on the banks of River Bairach.
Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary (25 kms): Covering an area of 50 sq kms, the most commonly sighted animals are panther, wild boar, antelopes and mongoose apart from few migratory birds.
Sitamata Sanctuary: With 50% teak tree coverage, Sitamata is spread along the Aravali and Vindhyachal ranges. Main animals sighted are leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, jungle cat, porcupine, spotted dear, wild bear, four horned antelope and nilgai, etc but flying squirrel is the most conspicuous one.
Places of Worship: Babaroli, Sanwariya Ji Temple, Kundiya Temple
Forts and Palaces: Bijaipur Castle, Deogarh Fort, Menal, Gotmeshwar, Jogniya Mata Ji