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Introduction

The history of Chittorgarh town is written in blood and sacrifice. Muslim rulers sacked it three times in the medieval period. The first was by Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi in 1303. Khilji laid siege of this hill fort to capture the beautiful Padmini, the queen of Chittorgarh. When the situation worsened, Bhim Singh, the ruler of Chittorgarh, led his men donned with saffron robes of sacrifice, and rode out of the fort to certain death. Inside the fort, women, including Padmini and the children, committed mass suicide or jauhar by immolating themselves on a huge pyre, rather than losing their honor at the hands of the enemy. In the middle of the 15th century, Chittorgarh gained eminence when the legendary Rajput ruler, Rana Kumbha, ruled it. He built the Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower) to commemorate his victory over Mahmud Khilji, the ruler of Malwa, in 1440. Chittaurgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop hill, crowned on a 6kms long hill, covering an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers and palaces. The city can be single out for its glorious past and valor, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittaurgarh is fortified settlement, which is history witnessed a number of sieges but refused to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts and palaces

Area 6.5 sq km
Altitude 394 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-45.0 C Winter-12.0 C-28.0C
Language Hindi, Rajashani, Mewari
STD Code 01472
Rainfall 60 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

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How to get there

  1. Air :- Chittorgarh does not have an airport of its own
  2. Rail:-Chittorgarh railway station is located on the western banks of Gambheri River. It has rail links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota and Delhi.
  3. Road:-The main bus stand is also on the western banks of Gambheri River. There is good bus service for Ajmer, Bundi, Kota and Udaipur from Chittorgarh

Places to Visit

Chittorgarh Fort Government Museum Jaimal and Patta's Palace Kalika Mata Temple
Kirti Stambh Khumba's Shyam Termple Meera Bai's Temple Padmini's Palace
Rana Khumba's Palace      

Excursion

Badoli Bassi Village Bassi Wild Life Sanctuary Deogarh
Menal Nagri    

Shopping

Metal Ware and Fabrics form an integral part of Shopping in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. The Akola printed fabrics that use vegetable dyes are a big draw with the tourists who come to Chittorgarh. Another important feature of the Chittorgarh Markets is the colorful leather juti.Thewa Jewellery and Wooden Items are also an integral part of shopping.

Accommodation

Hotel Padmini Hotel Pratap Palace Bassi Fort Palace Castle Bijaipur