A Trip to the History of Chittorgarh

A Trip to the History of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
There comes a day in your life when waiting anymore feels like a waste of time. Euro Trip was just that for me. There came a time when I decided to take the plunge all by myself. Sounds like m talking about getting married or some bigger decision in my life? It was big to me. Introvert by birth, in this trip, I was like a panda trying to learn kungfu. But just like in the movie, I started to enjoy every minute of it.
 
Now that I had decided to fly solo, I decided to put myself in self created experiment by not only travelling alone but also making sure that I am surrounded by more and more strangers – instead of cozy hotels, I decided to crash at hostels sharing room with other travelers and I purposely did not carry any internet or phone with me when I was out on roads.
 
How did it feel? On the first day, it felt like I was a self torture trip but as days passed by, I became more comfortable with choosing my own path, deciding my own routes, and dealing with last minute gate changes at airport, finding my way around the cities while taking directions from strangers, and meeting some great people on the way. All in all, the trip changed my opinion about myself. I, quite literally, surprised myself.
One of my most recent travels few months back was to a wonderful state of Rajasthan. There are so many incredible cities within Rajasthan, that I will cover each of those in separate articles.
 
First of all I am very impressed by Rajasthan Tourisms campaign – and when I visit Rajasthan, I capture how I see it. So with this article (and with those that I will write in future) I want to show that mujhe rajasthan kuch aisa dikha (Rajasthan Looked like this to me).
This one here is dedicated to Chittor – home to a magnificent fort of Chittorgarh, which made its way into the UNESCO world heritage site under Hill Forts of Rajasthan in 2013. It is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan located at a hilltop.
 
Chittor was capital of Mewar Kingdom back in 7th century. It is one of the most famous forts in the world, mostly known for Queen Padmavati committing jauhar (self immolation) when the fort was besieged by a Turkic ruler of Delhi, Alauddin Khalji who defeated Rana Ratan Singh (her husband) in 1303.
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The fort is about 2 hours drive from the city of Udaipur – popularly known as City of Lakes or The Venice of the East. I will write more about this city in a separate post. Best way to explore Chittor in my opinion is by foot and you should have at-least one full day dedicated to explore this beautiful marvel. There are so many things to visit in this fort; I am describing some of these below:

Kirti Stambh and Jain Temple: Chittor has been an ancient centre of Jain tradition and has few Jain temples within the fort complex. This one here is the one next to Kirti Stambh. Kirti Stambh (Glory Tower) is a 22 meter high tower built by a Jain merchant in 12th century.

Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Gaumukh Reservoir: The reservoir was main source of water for the fort during many sieges the fort has witnessed. It is fed by a spring from a carved cow’s mouth, and hence the name.

Jauhar Sthal of Queen Padmavati: The place where the queen committed jauhar is still marked in the fort complex.

Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower): Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Vijay Stambh was a victory monument built by Mewar King Rana Kumbha in 1448 after defeating joint armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji.

Meera Bai Temple and Krishna Temple: Born 1498, Meerabai was a devotee of Lord Krishna and considered him as her husband. She was princess of Mewar, daughter of a Rajput king Ratan Singh and was married to the then ruler of Chittor Bhoj Raj. Chittor was Meerabai’s place of worship.

Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Rana Kumbha Palace: Located at the entrance gate of Chittorgarh palace, Rana Kumbha Palace is the birth place of Maharana Udai Singh, founder of the city of Udaipur.



Battle Ground: Now a beautiful landscape, this was a battle ground where Alauddin Khalji defeated Rana Ratan Singh which in turn led Rani Padmini to self immolate.

Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Temples of Chittorgarh: There are many temples in fort complex that beautifully showcase architecture of that time.

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