Standing 180 meter tall with all its might, Chittorgarh fort is one the largest Rajasthan hill forts in India. It is located in a spread of 280 ha above the plains of Berach’s beautiful valley and holds a rich history of majesty and power. The grand lure of the peaceful beauty and the tales of bravery of this fort attract tourists from all over the world.
The fort is believed to have been built in the 7th century AD, by the Mauryan ruler Chitrangada Mori, from whom this magnificent structure derives its name. The folklores and the mythological fables also suggest that Bheem, the second and the strongest Pandava brother from the epic Mahabharata, started building this massive fort himself. Bappa Rawal is the founder ruler who established this fort in 734 AD and since 7th century AD, this fort has been under the splendid rule and possession of his descendants, the Sisodias of the Guhilot Rajput clan. It is the living memory of the legendary stories of the three sieges and the unparalleled bravery shown by the Rajputs at the hour of threat.
The Magnificent Gates: The seven marvelous stone Pols of this fort are brilliant structures that were constructed precisely for military defense with reinforcement of pointed arches and uneven parapets for the archers. Mind blowing in appearance, they hold your imagination with the ideas of great battles.
The Vijay Stambha: Rana Kumbha built this wonderful tower of victory to commemorate the triumphant moment of victory over Mahmud Shah I Khalji. It has a beautiful carving on both the exterior and its nine-storied interiors. Illuminated on the evenings, it gives us a breathtaking view of the exciting new Chittor town and the lovely plains.
The Kirti Stambha: A Jain merchant, Jijaji Rathod built this brilliant tower of fame dedicating it to the first tirthankar, Adinath. It is an exquisite example of authentic Jain sculpture.
The Rana Kumbha Palace: It is the oldest but one of the most popular monuments of the fort. Loved for its plastered stone and canopied balconies, it grabs our attention most as the very place where Rani Meera once lived and the famous Jauhar of Rani Padmini took place.
Padmini’sPalace: It is a glorious three-storied white building, whose unique style of Chhatris crown and water moat inspired the architecture of many other palaces. This is the legendary place where Alauddin glimpsed upon the outlandish beauty of Rani Padmini in her mirror image. This pavilion was once decorated with marvelous bronze gates that were removed by Akbar after the siege.
Apart from these main attractions, the fort is filled with many more wonders of art, architecture and culture. You can always find the temples and the spirit of the fort at their liveliest during the biggest Rajput celebration of ‘Jauhar Mela’ every year. If you wish to feel the touch of the essence of the Rajput-Rajasthan authenticity, this world heritage site is definitely the perfect tourist destination for you.
You can reach this magnificent fort easily by booking an Auto or Cab from the bus stop or railway station itself.