|| Chittor Fort – a reminiscence of ages ||
Chittor Fort is a fitting symbol of the Rajput charm, valor, and pride. Set on top of a 180-meter-high hill and spread across 240 hectares, this fort carries legends of many heroic lives of Rajput. Much ravaged by the passage of time, the structures within the fort premises take one back to the times of incredible tales of conquests, the warriors and the wars they had fought
For more history of the Fort, visit HERE
A stretch of hilly road weaves its way to the present entrance of the fort. Visitors cross seven gates before arriving at Rampol (Gate of Ram). The main gate of the fort is Surajpol (Suraj-Sun, Pol-Gate).
How to reach:
Take a cab from Udaipur to reach the fort are of Chittorgarh. It is around 115km from Udaipur, hence a travel of approximately 2.5 hours each side would take your whole day for the fort visit.
Generally, AC cab takes around 1500 INR for the trip. (Subject to time/season/your bargain skills)
What to eat:
We had to drop for lunch before the visit. Milleta of Mewar near the foothills of the firt served an autheticate sumptuous Rajasthani meal. There are varoius other restaurants too around..
It is the first palace to look around after one enters the place. This place is mostly dilapidated, yet holds strong connection with the history. The palace holds typical household architecture of the time, carved on stones. There are parts of courtyards and many apartments across the place
Originally dedicated to Varaha, this temple is said to have been renovated by Maharana Kumbha (AD 1433-68). As other temples, it has a raised sanctum, portico, and mandap with an airy open pradakshinapath (surrounding the portico). There is another smaller temple on the campus – Meera Mandir.
The Chittor Fort once boasted of 84 water bodies but has only 22 of them now. With a combined storage of 4 billion liters that could meet the water needs of an army of 50,000, the supply could last for four years. These water bodies are in the form of ponds, wells, and step wells.
Rani Padmini’s Palace:
This palace holds very important part of Rajput history – of respect, courage, and sacrifice. Built on the banks of a lotus pool which provided privacy to the women of the royal family, this palace is well maintained by the authorities for the visitors. It is said that Ala-ud-din Khilji, the then Sultan of Delhi, spotted Queen Padmini’s reflection in the pool and was moved by her beauty that he led his forces in the battle to abduct her.