Dig into the glorious history of Rajput
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About Chittorgarh Tourism
Nestled on the banks of Beach and Gambheri rivers, the magnificent city of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan boasts a tapestry of rich culture and Rajput history. A city as well as a municipality in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is a famous tourist destination in northwest India. It is known for the honey-colored, 7th-century Chittorgarh Fort, a vast hilltop complex with the remains of many temples and monuments. Chittorgarh tourism is largely influenced by the forts and palaces built here since ancient times. Once used to be the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, there is a lot to cherish as you gear up for Chittorgarh tourism. Decked with numerous ruins, citadels, and forts, including the gigantic Chittorgarh Fort, this place lets you savor the glorious historical tales of sacrifice and heroism, making it one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Rajasthan. So, if you are a history buff, or someone who loves to marvel at the royal architecture, every nook and corner of this city is going to leave you spellbound till the entirety of the excursion
History of Chittorgarh
History of Chittorgarh is replete with the valiant tales of Rajput kings and warriors. Legendary founder of the Sisodia dynasty, Bappa Rawal received Chittor, with all its formidable fortifications, during the mid eighteenth century as dowry from the Solankis. Chittor is seated at a sprawling seven-mile- long hill, and covers 700 acres of areas which also include its fortifications, towers, temples, and palaces. Today, all these monumental structures form an integral part of Chittorgarh tourism.
Steeped in a tumultuous yet glorious history, Chittorgarh, also known as Chittor, has seen numerous valiant battles that Rajput men and women had to fight against the invaders from Delhi, including the siege of Alauddin Khilji, who invaded the historical city in 1303 A.D. If you want to know more about Chittorgarh history, then do visit to its many attractions, including the largest fort complex- Chittorgarh Fort (after which the city was named). As you unveil the stunning attraction, the self-sacrificing story of Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini may just send shivers down your spine. It is one of the most important historical facts about Chittorgarh. Crammed with water moats and roof pavilions, the most famous attraction in the fort complex is the Rani Padmini Palace. The dilapidated palace still rings the courageous story of Rani Padmini out loud in its every corner.
Places to Visit in Chittorgarh for One Day Trip
While there are a lot of places to see and enjoy in Chittorgarh, there are only a few places which must be visited during a one-day trip here especially during Chittorgarh sightseeing bus tour. If you wish to enjoy the beauty of Chittorgarh but have time restraints, check out these best places :
Chittorgarh Fort - It is located 7 km away from Chittorgarh Railway Station. Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India which can be easily visited during anytime of the day. It is also a World Heritage Site in India.
Rana Kumbh Palace - It is located 6 km away from Chittorgarh Railway Station. Rana Kumbha Palace is a top heritage site in Chittorgarh which can be easily covered during a day’s trip to Chittorgarh.
Kirti Stambh - It is located at a distance of 7.5 km from Chittorgarh Railway Station. Also known as Tower of Fame, Kirti Stambh can be easily visited along with Kumbha Palace which is just 800 metres away. An ancient Jain monument, Kirti Stambh is actually situated inside the Chittorgarh Fort Complex.
Important Things To Know In Chittorgarh
One of the most important things to know about Chittorgarh is the connectivity. There are two main railway heads here - Chittorgarh railway station and Chittaurgarh Junction.
Stay and accommodation is not a problem in Chittorgarh as there are nearly 75 hotels present here.
Chittorgarh has two large malls which are famous for shopping and regular market needs - Shree Krishna Store and Shubham The Mall.
In case of any medical emergency, head to one of the hospitals present here - Aruna Hospital, Panchmukhi Hanuman Chikitsa, Akshar Hospital, Sharma Nursing Home, Sanjivani Hospital, Rathi Hospital, and so on.
Famous Food in Chittorgarh
The best way to enjoy food in Chittorgarh is through its street food and snacks. There are a wide variety of snacks available in almost all the corners of Chittorgarh which offer an unforgettable experience. However, you must also try the special thalis which are available at all the restaurants in Chittorgarh.
Dal Bati Churma - is a vegetarian dish which comprises of a baked wheat-flour ball and vegetable curry known as churma.
Lal Maas - is a popular non-vegetarian dish which is also the specialty of entire state of Rajasthan. This dish is best enjoyed with millet bread.
Mohan Maas - is another popular non-vegetarian dish which is made up of milk, mild spices and cream. It is less spicier than lal mass but equally delectable.
Gatte ki Khichdi - is a famous vegetarian dish which is prepared with small dumplings made out of Bengal gram. Try this for evening snacks along with add-ons.
Shopping in Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is well-known for its forts and palaces which retell the stories of bravery and warriorship. However, Chittorgarh is also famous for a lot of other things, shopping being one of them. Some of the best items to buy in Chittorgarh are :
Colorful leather jutis
Wooden painted toys
If you are wondering about the places to shop for these items, here’s a list :
Rana Sanga Market
Fort Road Market
New Cloth Market
Festivals in Chittorgarh
If you are planning to visit Chittorgarh for a cultural tour, you must visit it during the festive seasons. The whole town wears a color of vibrancy and glitter during the festivals celebrated here. Some of the fairs and festivals celebrated in Chittorgarh are :
Maharana Pratap Jayanti - it is celebrated in honour of the valiant Maharana Pratap Singh. During this time, several puja and processions take place. You can also enjoy cultural programs and debates held during this time.
Meera Mahostav - this celebration takes place annually, on Meera’s birth anniversary which falls on the day of Sharad Poornima. It is a 3-day celebration which include puja, discussions, dances, and fireworks.
Gangaur - celebrated during the months of March and April, it is the most important and colorful festivals of Rajasthan. In Chittorgarh, it is celebrated with much fervor especially by the womenfolk who offer their prayers to Goddess Gauri.
Take our Chittorgarh travel guide, and set out for an exploration of this magnificent city in Rajasthan. Once famed for its opulence and grandeur, though the city is catching up to commercialization, the evidence of glorious battles shall take you back to the medieval times in no time!
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Places To Visit In Chittorgarh
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Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary in Chittorgarh
Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh. Stretching over to the western border of Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature reserve in an area of about 150 square kilometer. The forest cover area is dry and deciduous and have flora that can survive the dry weather l...
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Meera Temple in Chittorgarh
Nestled in the premises of the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort, Meera Temple is the only temple dedicated to the Rajput princess- Meera Bai, who devoted her entire life to Lord Krishna. Beautifully carved, this striking temple is meant to catch your attention without a fail. Built by the then king- Rajput Kumbha, this temple h...
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Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary In Chittorgarh
Settled in the districts of Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh in the state of Rajasthan, Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense forest area sprawled over the foothills of the Aravali Range. Spanning over an area of about 423 sq. km, this wildlife sanctuary is the conservation centre for wild animals in the state of Rajasthan.
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Vijay Stambh in Chittorgarh
Vijay Stambh is located in Chittorgarh and is one of the most historically important monuments in India. It is also known as Victory Tower as it was built after Rana Kumbha, the king of Mewar won over Mahmud Khilji in the year 1448. The pillar is the symbol of victory and stands tall in the city with a height of 37.19 meter...
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Kirti Stambh in Chittorgarh
Kirti Stambh is one of the renowned structures located within the boundaries of Chittorgarh Fort. The total height of this stambh (tower) is 22 meters high and was built by a merchant named Jeeja Bhagerwala. The tower was erected to showcase the glory of Jainism. Kirti Stambh was built during the rule of Rawal Kumar Singh a...
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Things To Do In Chittorgarh
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Shopping In Chittorgarh
Shopping in Chittorgarh is undoubtedly of the best ways to explore its stunning bazaars and markets during a vacation or Jaipur tour. Chittorgarh is quite popular among tourists for its myriad of shopping places that offer a fascinating shopping experience. From traditional handicrafts to metalwares, you will find everythin...
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Travel to Chittorgarh
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The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is the airport of Udaipur named Dabok Airport. The distance between Chittorgarh and Dabok Airport is 80 kilometers which can be covered in around 1 hour and 53 minutes. There is no airport in Chittorgarh. The airlines operating to Dabok Airport are Jet Airways, IndiGo, Air India, and Spice Jet. The cities connected directly by air to Dabok Airport are Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
Chittorgarh railway station is connected to many major cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Bhilwara, Kota, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. One can find weekly trains to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Kanpur, and Agra. The railway station is located in Railway Colony. The rail distance between Jaipur and Chittorgarh is around 301 kilometers and can be covered in approximately 5 hours and 35 minutes.
Chittorgarh is very well connected by road to the major cities of Rajasthan and India. The Chittorgarh bus stand is located on Bundi Road, Kidwai Nagar and has many buses running directly to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Ajmer. One can find both luxury and non-luxury buses running to these destinations. The distance between Jaipur to Chittorgarh is around 310 kilometers and can be covered in around 5 hrs and 45 mins.
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What are the best delicacies to try on a tour to Chittorgarh?
As you set out for an excursion to the historical city of Rajasthan- Chittorgarh, do try local cuisines like: Daal baati churma, Gatte ki khichdi, Rajasthani kadhi, filling thalis among others.
What are the recommended festivals to experience in Chittorgarh?
As the city is famed for the self-sacrificing Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini, the popular festivals of Teej and Gangur let you experience its culture at its best. Celebrated with great pomp, these festivals are observed in the months of July or August and March or April respectively.
Which attractions in Chittorgarh offer the best views from the sky?
To delve into the grandeur of this historical city, you may hop on a helicopter, and cherish the stunning bird’s-eye view of the attractions like: Chittorgarh Fort, Kirti Stambh, Vijai Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, and Rana Kumbha’s Palace.
What souvenirs can I buy in Chittorgarh?
While exploring this magnificent city in Rajasthan, you can buy items like: colorful leather juttis, thewa jewelry, metal ware, akola fabrics, and more that make for a perfect bouquet of souvenirs.
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