The mesmerizing fort of Chittor is situated in the town of Chittorgarh. When first it was built, the fort was recognized as Mewar’s capital. Tourists can avail several trains running throughout the day from Jaipur to reach the fort. The fort is built in an area of 700 acres. It runs for 3 kilometers in length and is 6.5 kilometers in diameter.
To know what made Chittor fort remarkable in the cultural heritage of India, one needs to go back in 1303. It was the year when the famous ruler of Delhi Sultanate, known for his whims, Alauddin Khalji marched an entire army to host his victorious flag in Chittor. History states that Alauddin went lunatic after hearing about Queen Padmini’s beauty and partly that’s the reason why he invaded Chittor.
However, several other historians deny that theory and also have a second side of the story. As per this second side, the Jauhar took place as per the Rajput custom, when the ruler of Chittorgarh got defeated by the Delhi Sultanate.
Attractions In The Fort
One of the largest forts in India, the area is an abode to numerous temples such as – Jain temple, Ganesh temple, Mahadev temple, Nil Kanth temple, Mira Bai temple, Kumbh temple, Shyam temple etc.
There are famous carvings on the walls, pillars, and the surface of the temples. Each of the temples has tales and folklore related to them. For instance, an old folklore narrates that once Mira Bai was offered a bowl of poison which had by some celestial powers changed into nectar on reaching her inside the eponymous temple. This fort has witnessed bravery, sacrifices, fights, invasions, the celebration of several dynasties and clans. For the views it has seen, it is a living paradox of it all.
Things To Do At The Fort
Besides taking a peaceful work while appreciating the wondrous works of art in and around the space of the fort, the temples especially attract a lot of tourists and devotees this year. Alternatively known as the water fort, there are 22 water bodies, memorial towers, Kirti and Vijay Stambh. Padmini palace remains to be one of the most renowned places for a visit till date. Other palaces of importance include Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Mira temple, Kali Mata temple etc. While several of the temples or forts charge you separate tickets for adults and children, few are for free.
How To Reach The Fort?
Chittorgarh can be reached easily through roads with Kota, Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Bundi etc. Dabok airport is the nearest one to the city and hence the easiest way to reach the fort as well. From the main city, cabs or public buses are available that take the tourists directly to the fort.