An enchanting beauty propels an entrancing beauty, and an entrancing beauty only thrives. It transcends ages and time!Sometimes it is a legendary figure that becomes a page in the history books, and sometimes it is a monument, a reminder of a great era.

The Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan continues to fascinate historians even today.
A visit to Chittorgarh fort, which covers an area of around 700 acres and has a perimeter wall of 13 km, is a must for travelers who want to see India’s most awe-inspiring architectural marvels.

It is one of the most significant forts of Rajasthan. As the local saying goes, if there is a fort it is Chittorgarh, the rest of them are smaller fortresses. Rajput valour, pride, sacrifice, and loyalty are reflected in this fort. As part of the ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’ World Heritage Site, it was also declared a World Heritage Site in 2013 by UNESCO.

The Chittorgarh fort is the biggest reason to visit Chittor in Rajasthan. In this article, I will highlight the must-see sites inside the massive fortress. I’ve also added destinations close to Chittorgarh that might be worth a spot in your bucketlist.

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1. Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort has a significant place in Indian history. Built by the Maurya Rulers in the 7th century AD, This fort is the largest in India and it is located in Rajasthan State. Spread across 692 acres of land, it is a remarkable example of the then Rajputana architecture.

Today, Chittorgarh Fort is a popular tourist spot filled with the heroic memories of the Rajput Rajas and Kings of the previous. Perhaps this is a major reason why tourists love to come here in great numbers annually. In 2013, Chittorgarh Fort was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The interesting thing is that Chittorgarh Fort was once known as the “Water Fort” as it had about 84 water bodies. This was way back in history, however. Today, out of these 84 water bodies only about 22 are left.

The Chittorgarh Fort is also believed to be a haunted site as many lives were lost here due to the Rajput Pratha (a ritual or tradition) of Jauhar. As such, many people avoid visiting the fort during the evening hours.

Location: Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

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2. Padmini’s Palace (Maharani Shri Padmini Palace)

Queen Padmni’s palace is one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh. This palace was the residing place of Rani Padmini (also hailed as Queen Padmavati) who was the wife of Maharana Rattan Singh, the monarch of the Mewar Kingdom who ruled between 1302 and 1303 CE.

The magnificent palace is a historical landmark connected to Rani Padmini’s act of selflessness after Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji stormed Chittorgarh. Many legends boast the bewildering beauty of Rani Padmini. It is said that her beauty won many hearts. One of which was of Alauddin who challenged to win over Chittor and Maharana Rattan Singh to make Rani Padmini his queen.

The two-story monument is elevated on rocky ground and stands quite strongly in the heart of the Chittorgarh Fort. A lotus pool surrounds the fort, adding to the attraction’s appeal. The pool, with its colourful lotuses portraying grace and beauty in the rocky Chittor Fort, makes one think of how magnificent this location must have been for royal women back in the day.

Visitors from all over the world come to Chittorgarh to see the impressive historical site and learn about the Rajputs of the Mewar Kingdom’s exploits and sacrifices. When Alauddin Khilji attacked the palace, the Rajput women gave their life at the Padmini Palace. Their willingness to battle or die rather than risk dishonour demonstrates their valour and courage. The Padmini Palace, albeit smaller than the other palaces on the grounds, is seen to be lovely and enthralling because of Rani Padmini’s beauty, intelligence, and charm as well as the tragic tale surrounding her demise. When one visits the monument for oneself, the palace’s intriguing history becomes much more apparent.

The Padmini Palace is open for visiting from 8AM to 6PM. One can visit this historic palace on any day since it remains open for all days.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

3. Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory)

Located 600m away from Kumbha Palace and 8km from Chittorgarh Railway Station, Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower is an imposing historical monument located in Chittorgarh Fort of Rajasthan, India. This is also one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh.

Maharana Kumbha of Mewar constructed the beautiful Vijaya Stambh in 1448 AD to mark his victory over the combined forces of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Vijay Stambh is a 9-story tower with a height of 37m. Made with red sand stone and white marble, this tower has a balcony on each level.

Rana Kumbha’s court scholar, Atri, began writing an inscription in the uppermost story that provides a thorough chronological chronicle of the lives and accomplishments of the monarchs of Chittaur. His son Mahesh later finished it.

The Rajput-styled Vijay Stambh is adorned with musical instruments, swords, god and goddess representations, and architectural embellishments. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted in intricate sculptures on the tower. The tower is a remarkable example of religious pluralism practiced by the Rajputs.

Vijay stambh is open daily from 9:45AM to 6PM.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

4. Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame)

The Kirti Stambh, also known as the Tower of Fame, is a famous and an ancient tower built on the premises of the Fort of Chittorgarh by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the Khilji Dynasty.

It is the oldest tower at the premises of the fort and it towers up to 22 meters from the base. Based on the Solanki style of architecture, this tower attracts tourists from all over the world, so don’t miss it.

This seven-story tower, renowned for the elaborate carvings of Digambar, contains a lovely Adinatha statue on the second floor. As one ascends to the top floor, one is treated to breathtaking beautiful vistas of Chittorgarh.

5. Gaumukh Reservoir (Gau Mukh Kund)

A sacred spring of water called Gaumukh Kund is located on the western side of the renowned Chittorgarh Fort. Gaumukh literally translates to “cow’s mouth.” The water eventually enters the reservoir after passing through the rock fissures.
Travelers are permitted to feed the reservoir’s fish.

Another well-known sight is the Rani Bindar Tunnel, which is close to this reservoir. This tunnel, according to a tradition, connects to a room below ground where Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh executed “Jauhar.”

Location: Gaumukh Kund, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

6. Fateh Prakash Palace

The Fateh Prakash Palace is one of the most popular places to visit on the Chittorgarh Fortress. This palace was built during during the reign of Rana Fateh Singh, and it served as Rana’s residence. Built in Rajasthani style, it is decorated with beautiful wall paintings that showcase legends from Rajasthan. The Fateh Prakash Palace now houses a museum.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

7. Rana Kumbha palace

One of the most fascinating places to see in Chittorgarh fort is Rana Kumbha Palace.The palace’s enormous size in its damaged state serves as a reminder of what an imposing building it once was.

The largest structure in the Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace has a rich history. People like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, and Princess Meera Bai, among others, lived there.

This palace is also linked to the tragic story of Panna Dhai, who gave her infant son as a sacrifice in order to preserve baby Udai Singh. This palace’s dungeons are also thought to be where Rani Padmani and the other women who lived there killed Johar.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

8. Meera Temple & Kumbhshyam Temple

The Meera Bai Temple in Chittorgarh was constructed using a style of North Indian architecture that features four pavilions on each side of an open arcade in the area of the chamber. It is situated within the grounds of the Kumbha Shyam Temple at the Chittorgarh fort.

A modest Lord Krishna temple was constructed close to the Kumbh temple at the behest of Meera Bai, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Maharana Sangram Singh was the builder.

Built by Maharana Kumbha in 1449, Kumbh Temple is also known as Kumbha Shyam Temple (Temple of Varah). In the temple, there is also a small Chhatr that was constructed in Rai Das’ (Swami Ravidas’) of Varanasi’s honour.

Meera Bai’s personal place of prayer was the Kumbha Shyam Temple. She stayed here for a very long time in devotion to Lord Vishnu. She served the needy and the pilgrims who were visiting with her personal fortune since she had good intentions. Meera Bai was a devotee of the Guru who originated in Varanasi. Her guru, Swami Ravidas, also known as Swami Raidas, has a Chattri at the Kumbha Shyam Temple. In this holy site, the footprint imprints of Guru Ravidas have been preserved.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001, India. Save on Google Maps.

9. Kalika Mata Temple

This temple dedicated to Lord Bhadrakali. The Kali Mata Temple was built in the 14th century, and is made from the ruins of the 8th century sun temple that was destroyed after the attack by Allaudin Khilji. The temple attracts a large number of visitors during the annual fair held near the temple complex. People from far and wide visit the temple to pay homage to Goddess Kali.

10. Gaumukh Waterfall

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