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Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh, which is also prominent as Chittaur, was the capital up to the 16th century of the Mewars under the rule of Rajputs. It is this place which has seen many sacrifices by the Rajput men and women in their battles. The city has too many of monuments and also a few other battlements as the evidence of the war that it has been witnessing from the medieval times.

Chittorgarh is not just one epitome of the Rajput pride, but also of romance and the spirit. The hilltop fort which is said to depict the Rajput culture and values is a must watch when you go to Chittorgarh. This is one of the most outstanding forts in the country and therefore is termed to be the "Pride of Rajasthan State". It is nothing less than 700 acres and is at a top of 180 meter high hillock. It was during the 7th century that it was built by the Mauryans. The few further additions were made by the successive Mewar rulers. It is also known as the Water Fort. It is because it had almost 84 water bodies from which just about 22 exist today. These all Include the talabs (ponds), kunds (wells), and also the baories (stepwells).

A few other places which you can take a look at are:

Tower of Victory - (Vijay Stambh)

This was built by Maharana Kumbha in 1440 AD. It is one 9- storied tower and there are almost 157 narrow steps which are leading to the terrace. Here the balconies give out a very angle view of the whole town.

Tower of Fame - (Kirti Stambh)

This is the one that is 22 mts high and dedicated to Adinathji who was the 1st Jain Teerthankar. It was build by a wealthy Jain merchant and has a narrow stairway which goes through seven stories of the tower to the top.

Gaumukh Reservoir

This is one place which has a very deep tank which is filled with the spring that comes from a 'cow mouth'. Situated at the very edge of the cliff this is sacred and it is here you can feed the fishes.

Meera Temple (Meera Mandir)

Build by Maharana Kumbha in the year of 1449, this temple of Lord Vishnu has beautiful and attractive idols. The pillars and other make over are also worth talking a look at. Here itself you will come across a small temple of Lord Krishhna.

Further you can also have a look at the Kalika Mata Temple (Kalikamata Mandir), and the other Jain Temples (Jain Mandir - Sattavish devri), Padmini palace, Rana Kumha Palace, and the seven gates of the Chittorgarh Fort.

Reaching this city is never going to b a problem because it is well accessible from the roadways, airways and also railways. There is Chittorgarh railway station which is a busy junction and if not you can come to Udaipur airport which is approximately 70 Kms.

 

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