Chittorgarh Fort in India.
About Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan in India (the fort is also known as Chittaurgarh Fort).
One thing the Indian State of Rajasthan certainly has are some really magnificent old forts to look around and Chittorgarh Fort is certainly worth visiting. Chittorgarh is located in the south west of Rajasthan, India and is the proud possessor of one of the largest forts to be found in Asia. Constructed by
Chitrangada Mori who ruled the Rajput clan of the Mauryans during the 7th Century, Chittorgarh Fort is sat on a 180 metre high hill and overlooks the town of Chittaurgarh. The fort is 5 kms long and 1 km wide, is accessible only by seven huge spiked gates and encompasses an area of around 700 acres. Despite it's impressive fortifications Chittorgarh Fort has been taken
three times - firstly in the early 1300s by The Sultan of Delhi Allauddin Khiliji. Then by Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1535 and finally by the Mughal Emperor Akbar-e-Azam Akbar (Akbar the Great) whose forces took the fort in February 1568 A.D. following a four month long siege.
Ways of travelling to Chittorgarh Fort.
Obviously if staying in the town then getting to the fort is just an auto-rickshaw ride away though it is rather hard work getting there on such a hilly and twisty road.
If going there by auto-rickshaw then you should agree the price on the basis that the driver will wait while you go round the fort - which could easily take several hours.
However if staying at for instance Udaipur City then a day trip to Chittorgarh Fort is quite possible.
Going from Udaipur to Chittorgarh using Indian Railways.
Train number The UDZ Express (12991) goes there every day and leaves Udaipur at 06:15hrs with a journey time of just over 2 hours - i.e. arrives at Chittorgarh at 08:42.
Other trains going there are not much use for a day trip since they leave at 17:20 onwards into the late evening. Trains back are not too bad though with the UDZ Super Fast (22901) leaving Chittorgarh at 14:15, Udaipur City EX (19329) leaving at 16:35 and the JP UDZ EXP (12992) leaving at 19:25.
By Bus / Coach to Chittorgarh.
State run Express and De-luxe buses do the trip very cheaply i.e. for
around 60 Rupees and go from Udaipur Bus Station from around 06:00 onwards and throughout the day - journey time can be a little longer than on the trains. Note Chittorgarh is often known locally and/or referred to as Chitto!.
By hiring a Car with Driver on a day trip to Chittorgarh from Udaipur.
An alternative is to hire a car and driver for the day - cost should be around 2000
to 2500 Rupees depending on your bargaining skills. Apart from speed and convenience one of the advantages of going by car is you get to see a bit of Rajasthan's countryside - and with two routes possible then you can go one way and return the other. The distance from Udaipur to Chittorgarh is around 115 kilometres but this is a good fast road. There is a toll fee on the main road (State Highway 9) but this is only around 45 rupees similarly you may have to pay a few rupees parking fee near the Fort entrance.
When last visited the entrance fee was 100 rupees - the fort is open daily 07:00 to 18:00. It's worth noting that once you start wandering around inside
Chittorgarh Fort (which covers a huge area) there is no refreshment available until you get quite a way out by the market at Kalika Mata Temple.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
The 15th century Royal Palace of Rana Kumbha at Chittaurgarh Fort. The main palace is five stories high and although now in ruins it's still easy to see from the carved balconies just how magnificent this building once was. Inside the palace complex are a variety of buildings including private apartments containing numerous small rooms, the Zenana (women's area) as well as elephant stables and administrative buildings. Nearbye are several temples including the 15th century Kumbha Shyam Temple and the Meerabai Temple which was built in 1440.
The Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower) - Chittaurgarh Fort. This was constructed between 1458 and 1468 by Maharana Kumbha after his victory over Mahnund of Malwa. The tower is 36 metres high, made of yellow sandstone and is carved with gods and goddesses. The area around the Stambh is very well maintained with several temples, mansions and cenotaphs all set within gardens. Nearbye signs of the intricate water system can be seen - firstly at a stepped tank and then the Gaumukh Kund. The latter is perched on the edge of the fort and you get excellent view of the fort's battlements as well as Chittorgarh Town below. The water for the reservoir is supplied by an underground stream.
Kalika Mata Temple (which is still in use) are the remains of several palaces and havelis which have decorated balconies and some still offer a glimpse of the colours used - often blues. Opposite the temple there is a small market area with a variety of stalls including some selling snacks and drinks - also nearbye Suraj Pond stretches away to the far side of the Fort.
Padmini Palace. The ruins of the palace are situated opposite the temple - all that remains within the grounds are small gardens and a tower which overlooks the lake. The best views though are from a little further along the road where the palace buildings and lake can be seen - the multitude of steps reflecting on the lake's water do make a beautiful sight.
The road continues further round the fort but you can cut across going past remnants of buildings and walls to the other side of this elongated fort where there is a small domed building (possible once a mosque?).
The eastern side of the fort offers very good views of the countryside and of the forts huge walls - at the eastern end of Suraj Pond there is a huge nicely stepped tank called
Bhim Lath Kund which is very much in use by locals for swimming around in as well as for washing clothes
Kirti Stambh and Fateh Prakash Palace. On the way back along the road there are several more Jain Temples some of which have beautiful carvings - then the Kirti Stambh and it's accompanying Jain Temple is reached, Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame) is seven stories high and dedicated to Lord Adinath whose image is carved all over it. Once nearly back to the entrance gate you reach Fateh Prakash Palace - this very white building was
built for the Maharana of Udaipur in the 1920s - part of the palace now houses a small museum (which has a minimal entrance fee).
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