Why should You Visit Chittorgarh?
Chittorgarh, a beautiful city dotted with magnificent architectural marvels, forts, heritage sites, palaces, and more, is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan. Widely popular for the honey-coloured 7th century Chittorgarh Fort and 15th century Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory), the city oozes tranquillity and calmness. Whether you are looking for a short getaway or a long solo trip to a heavenly place, Chittorgarh is the place to be.
The city is at an approximate distance of 115 kilometres from Udaipur. You can easily take a cab or taxi, or even the bus to reach Chittorgarh, as it takes about 2 hours via road. If you are planning a short trip to Chittorgarh, here are some things worth exploring that will make your whole experience a memorable one!
1. Chittorgarh Fort
Standing imposingly on the top of a hill, Chittorgarh Fort is the pride of the state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most important tourist places in town and attracts thousands of tourists to its fold every year. The fort is now a World Heritage Site and is among the largest forts in India. Spanning an impressive area of 700 acres, Chittorgarh Fort was built in the 7th century. The fort reverberates the tales of heroism and sacrifice and is a must-visit for all history geeks! If you are someone who would love to know more about the Rajput clan, then this fort will give you a glimpse into the culture and values of the same.
2. Vijay Stambh
Also known as the Tower of Victory, Vijay Stambh is a charming piece of architecture built by Rana Kumbha, the King of Mewar. After he defeated the combined forces of Gujarat and Malwa led by Mahmud Khilji in 1448, Rana Kumbha constructed this tower to celebrate his victory. Adorning intricate details of famous Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Vijay Stambh is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The tower’s interiors feature the elegant designs of musical instruments, weapons, and other tools used back in the day. The interesting part about this 9-storeyed tower is that it is quite massive and you can see it standing in all its glory from any part of the city. And the view of the beautiful city from the top of the tower is a treat to the eyes!
3. Padmini Palace
Located inside the Chittorgarh Fort complex, Padmini Palace is another important tourist destination in town. This palace was the home of Rani Padmini after she married Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar. The palace is the reason behind the battle between Ratan Singh and the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji. This two-storeyed palace stands in the middle of a gorgeous lotus pool, which adds to its charm. Also, the palace is also the place where the women of the Rajput clan sacrificed their lives when it was attacked by Alauddin Khilji. If you are someone who has a keen interest in learning more about the history and culture of the Mewar kingdom, then definitely pay a visit to the alluring Padmini Palace.
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4. Fateh Prakash Palace
A real delight to the eyes, Fateh Prakash Palace, presents the perfect confluence of class and aesthetics. It is a beautifully designed architectural marvel and represents the history of Rajasthan really well. One of the many things that make Fateh Prakash Palace stand out from the rest of the nearby attractions is the modern architecture and design layout. Today, the palace houses a beautiful museum that gives its visitors a glimpse into the history of the palace, Chittorgarh, and Rajasthan. Fateh Prakash Palace is the perfect place for all history and cultural enthusiasts!
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5. Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary
Here is something for nature lovers – Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary. Regarded as one of the best places to spend a lazy day, this wildlife sanctuary is an important tourist spot in town. Legend believes that Sita, wife of Lord Rama of Ayodhya, is said to have stayed in the lush green forests of the sanctuary. During her separation from her husband, Sita stayed in the ashram of Saint Valmiki back in the day. The wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals such as jungle cats, spotted deer, flying squirrels, leopards, wild caracal boar, four-horned antelope, and more. The verdant forest also houses a wide range of trees such as bamboo, teak, and more. Additionally, you will also see the charming flourishing rivers Karmoi and Jakham flowing through the forests, making the whole experience of spending time here serene and calm!
Chittorgarh – a must-visit tourist destination
If you plan your next solo trip to Chittorgarh, then definitely do so. It is a charming city that welcomes everyone!
The city offers something for every traveller and, as mentioned earlier, houses a wide variety of different architectural marvels that give you a glimpse into the history of the city and state. Chittorgarh is a must-visit for all history and culture buffs and also nature lovers. I have visited the city quite a few times and fell in love with it the first time itself! The people here are very warm and welcoming too, making the whole experience even more special and memorable.
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