Chittorgarh resonates with stories of Rajputana bravery, pride and passion. Owing to the battles and wars the city has seen, it attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year.
Chittorgarh Fort - Famous for the Jauhar that Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavati underwent during siege, the Chittorgarh Fort has seen a lot of valiant battles. The fort is the largest one in India, and attracts tourist in a large number throughout the year.
Rani Padmini's Palace - This palace plays an important role in Rajput history. The structure is built on the banks of a lotus pool and has a pavilion that provides privacy for the women of the royal family.
Vijay Stambh - Vijay Stambh (the Tower of Victory) was built by Maharana Kumbha between 1440 AD and 1448 AD. This architectural wonder is nine-storey tower with narrow steps which lead to the terrace where one can catch a spectacular view of the entire town from the balconies.
Kirti Stambh - This Tower of Fame is dedicated to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Tirthankara (great teacher). Adorned by the figures of the Digambars (Jain monks), this seven-storied tower was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in 12th century AD.
Fateh Prakash Palace - Constructed by Maharana Fateh Singh, this palace functioned as his residence. It was built in the Rajput style of architecture as a declaration of his taste for art and culture. It has now been converted into a museum.
Jain Temples - The fort of Chittor has six Jain temples contained within its walls. The largest among them is the temple of Bhagawan Adinatha which has 52 ‘devkulikas’ and known as Satbis Deori Jain Swethamber Temple or Shri Chitrakut Tirth.
Kalika Mata Temple - Built in 8th century AD, this ancient structure was initially constructed to worship the sun god. In the 14th century, the temple was dedicated to Goddess Kali, the symbol of power and valour.
Tulja Bhavani Temple - Tulja Bhavani temple, an architectural wonder, is a Hindu temple of the goddess Durga, built in the 16th century by Banvir. Legend says that it is named after Banvir who donated various ornaments (Tula Dan) equaling his weight for relief funds.
Gaumukh Kund - Gaumukh Reservoir is a deep tank that is fed by a spring. The spring emerges from a rock formation resembling a Gaumukh or ‘cow’s mouth’. The tank is considered sacred by the locals.
Ratan Singh Palace - The winter palace of the royal family, it overlooks a small lake. Although fairly rundown now, it is an interesting place to explore and attracts many tourists.
Rana Kumbha Palace - A ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest, this is one of the most massive monuments in the Fort of Chittor. The palace is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed ‘Jauhar’ (self-immolation).
Kumbha Shyam Temple - The temple was constructed during the rule of Rana Kumbha and is built in the Indo-Aryan style popular in those times. It bears a strong connection to the mystic poetess Meerabai, a zealous devotee of Krishna’s. She was the wife of Prince Bhojraj.
Meerabai Temple - Meerabai, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna’s, worshipped him at this temple. This classic North Indian style temple rises from a raised plinth and its conical roof can be seen from far.
Nagari - Nagari is a village situated 18 Km North of Chittorgarh, on the banks of river Berach. In the ancient era, it was known as Majhimika or Madhyamika. Major tourist attractions in Nagari include the Ancient Shiva Temple, Hathiyon ka Bara, and Ubhdivat or the Prakash stambh.
Bhainsrorgarh Fort - Bhainsrorgarh Fort is perched on a steep slate ridge, about 200 feet high, surrounded by the Chambal and Brahmani rivers. Surrounded by rivers on three sides and nestled among the Aravali ranges and dense forests, the beauty of this fort attracts tourists from all over the world.
Temples of Baroli - Rawatbhata - The ancient temples of Baroli, a wonderful example of Hindu architecture, is located on the confluence of Brahmani and Chambal rivers in Rawatbhata. The main temple in these is the Ghatseshwar Mahadev temple, apart from which there are 9 temples within the temple complex.
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