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Best Places to Visit in Chittorgarh in 2018

  • The state of Rajasthan is culturally rich and has great historical importance. Chittorgarh is one of the popular destinations for tourist travel in Rajasthan. Chittorgarh city lies on the banks of Rivers Berach and Gambini. One of the significant landmarks in the city is the Chittorgarh fort. Once ruled by the Sisodia dynasty of Mewar, Chittorgarh is reminiscent of the brave kings who ruled this kingdom.

    The fort of Chittorgarh was home to a fiercely independent clan of kings who fought off three invasions. Three times the women of Chittorgarh fort committed Johar. Some of the famous warriors of Chittorgarh include Jaimal, Phata, Badal and Gora who put up a tough battle against invaders such as Allaudin Khilji and the Mughals.

    The wildlife sanctuary of Bassi is situated at a distance of 5kms from the Chittorgarh. This sanctuary, which sprawls over 50 sq km, is home to panthers, mongoose, wild boars and migratory birds. There are some other places of interest such as the Kalika Mata Temple, the Vijay Stambh, the Kirti Stambh, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace etc.

    Chittorgarh is well connected to the rest of India by the Golden Quadrilateral highway system which passes through the city. The city of Chittorgarh lies by the NH 76 and 79. The state roadways have a regular bus service which can be used to reach Chittorgarh. The nearest railhead to the city of Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh Railway Station. The nearest airport is Udaipur which is situated at a distance of 70 km from Chittorgarh.

  • 01 Chittorgarh Fort

    Image Credit : Chittorgarh Fort
    Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

    The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

    The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
    Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 02 Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

    Image Credit : Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)
    The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

    It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 03 Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

    Image Credit : Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)
    The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

    The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 04 Padmini's Palace

    Image Credit : Padmini's Palace
    Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

    Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 05 Rana Kumbha Palace

    Image Credit : Rana Kumbha Palace
    Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

    Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 06 Kalika Mata Temple

    Image Credit : Kalika Mata Temple
    Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

    The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 07 Sanwariaji Temple

    Image Credit : Sanwariaji Temple
    Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

    Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
     
    Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
    Price: Free entry 
    Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024


  • 08 Sathis Deori Temple

    Image Credit : Sathis Deori Temple

    Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 


    The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 09 Ratan Singh Palace

    Image Credit : Ratan Singh Palace
    The “Winter Palace” of the royal family, Ratan Singh Palace is a scenic palace in the massive grounds of the Chittorgarh fort. Though the palace wears a rundown look today, it has played a significant part in the history of Chittorgarh in its heyday.

    It was used for great ceremonies and functions by the royal family, and has a beautiful architectural style made up of towering domes, sculpted pillars, embellished walls and more. The palace is located along the Ratneshwar Talab, and thereby offers pleasant views of the fort grounds. The beautifully carved Ratneshwar Mahadeva Temple is also located in the palace grounds. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for Foreigners
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 10 Samadhisvara Temple

    Image Credit : Samadhisvara Temple
    Samadhisvara Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva originally built BhojaParmara in early 11th century AD but later on renovated by Mokalin 1428. Apart from the grandiose image of lord Shivaenshrined in the heart of the temple, it also consists of garbhagriha, an antarala and a gudha-mandapa with mukhmandapa (entrance porch) on all the three faces, i.e., northern, western and southern sides. The temple too lies inside the Chittorgarh Fort and is among the most popular attraction with tourists in Chittorgarh. 
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 11 Meera Temple

    Image Credit : Meera Temple
    The Meera Temple is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Chittorgarh, reflecting as it does the beautiful history of devotion played out in the story of the Rajputani princess, Meera and her Lord Krishna.

    The temple, with its Indo-Aryan architecture, is located inside Chittorgarh Fort, has several intricately carved idols that adorn its sanctum sanctorum. A small temple dedicated to lord Krishna can also be found inside. The history and culture of the age can be understood comprehensively when you pay a visit to this temple. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 12 Gaumukh Reservoir

    Image Credit : Gaumukh Reservoir
    One of the most important water tanks in the Chittorgarh Fort, the Gaumukh Reservoir is a sacred site in the Hindu religion, so much so that a tour of sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites is considered incomplete without a visit to this reservoir.

    Water from a natural spring constantly flows from the “cow mouth” into the reservoir. A shiva-linga and an icon of Goddess Lakshmi adorn the base of the Gaumukh where the water falls. A popular activity indulged in by visittors to the reservoir is the feeding of the fishes that dwell there. The Samadheswar Temple is located close at hand and provides a lovely complement to the holy reservoir. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 13 Shyam Temple

    Image Credit : Shyam Temple
    Names after one of its feistiest rulers, Rana Kumbha, this temple is a magnificent place to visit in Chittorgarh. The temple was built by Rana Kumbha in an Indo-Aryan architectural style, and is dedicated to Varaha, an incarnation of Vishnu. Apart from being a holy shrine, the temple is also a great place to understand the artistic taste of rana Kumbha.

    The temple is decorated with holy artworks chosen by the king, and its domes, pillars and idols are mesmerising. The dominating pyramidical roof of the temple captures the eye long before the temple is reached, and once inside, the carvings on the walls keep one in a constant state of fascination. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 14 Mahanal Temple

    Image Credit : Mahanal Temple
    Approximately 80 kilometres from Chittorgarh lies one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh- Mahanal Temples and Math. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also houses some other deities. Though partially in ruins, it is nonetheless a scenic place to visit.

    Not only is the complex architecture of the complex still awe-inspiring, there is also a lovely waterfall nearby that adds grace and charm to the location. Spending a couple of hours leisurely exploring the temple complex and the waterfall is a beautiful and serene way to pass some time. A day-trip from Chittorgarh to the temple is a good idea- the drive is delightful and the destination exclusive.

    Timings: Open 24 hours 
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Mahanal Temples and Math, Menal, Chittorgarh, India


  • 15 Fateh Prakash Palace

    Image Credit : Fateh Prakash Palace
    The Fateh Singh Palace inside the Chittorgarh Fort is a striking structure. Its chief attraction, and one that distinguishes it from the other buildings of the fort, is that it is built is a markedly modern fashion as opposed to the other structures. The palace was built by Maharana Pratap Singh, and is named after him.

    A big Ganesh idol, a fountain, manifold crystal objects, and different frescoes decorate the grounds of this palace and make it a sight worth seeing. Today, the palace houses a museum which is a good place to comprehensively understand the history of the palace, fort, and Chittorgarh city. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 16 Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary

    Image Credit : Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary
    Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the loveliest places to visit in Chittorgarh. This wildlife sanctuary is a place where nature works its wonders in the form of teak, bamboo, tendu, amla and salar forests, the Jakham and Karmoi rivers, and the countless birds and animals that inhabit it.

    The forest takes its name from the legend of Sita attached to it. Sita, the wife of Lord Ram of Ayodhya, is said to have inhabited the ashram of Saint Valmiki in this forest dring her separation from Lord Ram. Animals like the flying squirrel, spotted deer, wild bear, four horned antelope, nilgai, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, caracal wild boar, leopards, wild pangolin can be spotted here. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners
    Location: Pratapgarh, Rajasthan 


  • 17 Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Image Credit : Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
    This beautiful and diverse sanctuary 25 kilometres away from Chittorgarh city, is home to trees like Dhok, Salar, Churel, Butea; and also shelters animals like Panthers, Chitals, Wild Boars, Hyenas, Jackals, Four Horned Antelopesamong others. The footfall in the sanctuary is usually on the lower side, so a visit to this location ensures solitude and peace, perforated only by the soothing sounds of nature.

    There are two viewpoints inside the sanctuary from where one can get a birds-eye view of the entire forest. The Bassi Dam close by is another attraction. The sanctuary is open to tourists all-round the year, though it flourishes into extradordinary beauty in the autumnal months of October and November. 

    Timings:8 am to 6 pm
    Price:Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners 
    Vehicle Fee: Rs. 100 (bus); Rs. 65 (car); Rs. 10 (two-wheeler)
    Location:Bassi, Chittorgarh district, Rajasthan, India


  • 18 Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the prettiest places to visit near Chittorgarh, the Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction nestled in the lap of the Aravalli ranges. The sanctuary is situated near the impenetrableBhainsrodgarh fort, and makes for a unique outing rich in both natural beauty and history.

    The Chambal and Brahmani rivers flow nearby and the entire area has a stillness and calm that few places can match. A visit to this sanctuary is an excellent way of viewing wild boars, four horned antelopes, deer, jackals, panthers, foxes, chinkaras and hyenas. Many migratory birds are also to be found here. Several small waterfalls add further relish to the pretty spectacle. 

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
    Location: Bhainsrorgarh, Via Kota, Bhainsrorgarh, Rajasthan 323304


  • 19 Mandalgarh Fort

    Image Credit : Mandalgarh Fort
    The Mandalgarh Fort is an ancient fort located 54 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, and is one of the grandest tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Considered to be the oldest fort in Rajasthan, Mandalgarh has been the site for many historical battles.

    The fort was built by Rana Kumbha and has features typical of the architectural style of that ruler. A Shiva Temple is also housed inside the fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm
    Location: Mandalgarh Fort, Rajasthan 311604



  • 20 Tulja Bhawani Temple

    Image Credit : Tulja Bhawani Temple
    An ancient temple with roots going deep down into the culture and traditions of Chittorgarh, the Tulja Bhawani Temple, located west of the fort of Chittorgarh, is a shrine dedicated to the worship of local goddess Tulja Bhavani.

    The temple is adorned with various idols celebrating the greatness of the goodness, and the architecture with its delicate carvings and embellishments, is typical of the 16th century Rajasthani architecture. A visit to this temple should definitely be included within the tour of the Chittorgarh fort complex. 

    Timings: Open 24 hours
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Near Ram Pol, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001