Taxi For Chittorgarh Tour
Chittorgarh has always been the pride and glory of Rajasthan. Once the place full of citadels, graceful palaces and chhattris, today lies in ruins. But these ruins echo the tales of valour and romance of the past, very unique to Rajasthan and the Rajput people. Chittor is famous for the beauty of Rani Padmini and the quest of Allauddin Khilji to overpower her. The legendary tale had a tragic end by Rani Padmini committing Jauhar or suicide rather than dishonouring herself in the hands of a foreigner. Since then Chittor has experienced many Jauhars and tragic ends adding to the tales of valour of the Rajput kings of this place. The place was often attacked by the Mughals and the Muslim rulers of Gujarat. It was the heir of the kingdom of Chittor, Prince Udai Singh, who fled the place only to build a new capital of his own and beautiful that too on his name, today know as the city of Lakes, Udaipur.
Be it fairy tales, bloodsheds, honour, envy, Chittorgarh fort has seen every phase of Rajputana legacy. Considered the largest fort (area wise) in Asia, it was built in the 7th century by the Maurya rulers. Standing as an embodiment of chivalry and pride of the Rajputs, this fort was home to many rulers. It is spread over an area of 700 acres, extending to 3 km in length and 13 km in peripheral length. Standing on an elevated hill of 180m, the impregnable fort has witnessed three battles.
One can see the glimpses of royal Rajput traditions at Chittorgarh Fort. It is accessible through seven gates, which are composed of iron spikes i.e. Ram Pol, Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Lakshman Pol, and Hanuman Pol. This fort also houses some of the famous Rajput architecture like Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini's Palace, Sammidheshwara Temple, Jain Temple, Kalika Mata temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Meerabai Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple. These are ancient temples that have noteworthy carvings and intricate work.
Known by the name of Victory Fort, this huge tower was constructed between 1442 and 1449 AD by Rana Kumbha. It was built in the admiration of Rana Kumbha's victory over Mahmud Khilji. The 10 foot long tower is made by the combination of two rocks- red sandstone and marble.
There are nine stories in this fort with each of the stories having its own individual balcony facing outwards. As one goes through the staircase one meets with an alternate view of either the central chamber or the adjoining gallery. A tour to Chittorgarh is incomplete without seeing this tower.
This three storied white building was built in the 19th century, and is located in the southern part of the fort. Located amidst water bodies, this is the place where Aladdin was permitted to see the mirror image of Rani Padmini, wife of Maharana Rattan Singh.
It is widely believeds that Aladdin was besotted by the beauty of Padmini and the desire to win her led convinced him to destroy Chittor. In the battle that ensued, Maharana Rattan Singh was killed and Rani Padmini committed Jauhar. Rani Padmini's beauty is compared to that of Cleopatra and her life story is an eternal legend in the history of Chittor.
Built during the 18th century by Biherwal Mahajan Sanaya, Kirti Stambh is dedicated to Rishabha, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. This seven storied tower has an impressive five-feet-high statue of the Rishabha. Nestled in the Chittorgarh fort, this fort is built in Solanki architecture.
There is a narrow stairway which leads through the seven storeys to the top. On the top floor there is an observation hall which offers a panoramic view of Chittorgarh city. A large number of followers of Jainism come to the tower to worship Lord Adinath.
Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temple
This temple is the place where Meera used to worship Lord Krishna, and Bhakti movement originated at this place. Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha, this temple is made in the ornate Indo-Aryan style. The larger temple which is in this same compound is the Kumbha Shyam temple, or temple of Varah.