A Guide To Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan - Updated 2021

Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan
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Located in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh, also known as Chittor, is a city, nestled on the Berach River. Find out more about the city and the surrounding area. The city is renowned for Chittorgarh Fort, which is the largest of its kind in India and Asia. The fort set on a 590-ft (180-m) hill sprawls over the hillside, with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Chittorgarh Fort saw three sieges by Muslim invaders over the years. The fort hosts a number of spectacular monuments, details of which can be found in the guide to Chittorgarh, Rajasthan below.

Things to do / highlights

Chittorgarh Fort
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Seven Gates

When ascending up the hill to the fort, visitors walk past seven gateways (Pols) that were built between 1433 and 1468. These are Paidal Pol, Ganesh Pol, Bhairon Pol, Laxman Pol, Hanuman Pol, Jorla Pol and finally Ram Pol at the top.

Suraj Pol

On the eastern side of Chittorgarh Fort and separate from the seven gates is the Suraj pol. The name translates to Sun and the gate was placed here to face the sun.

Water Fort

At one stage, Chittorgarh Fort contained 84 bodies of water, including talabs (ponds), baories (step-wells) and kunds (wells). These days only 22 remain. The ponds have the natural catchment, with the step-wells and wells located underneath the ponds to catch the seepage.

Jaimal & Patta’s Palace

The palace now stands in ruins but commemorates the value of Patta Sisodia and Jaimal Rathore, both of whom sacrificed their lives for Chittorgarh.

Rani Padmini’s Palace

One of the most popular attractions of Chittorgarh Fort is the Palace of Queen Padmavati. There was a palace pavilion where the ladies of the royal family could enjoy privacy. The palace stands on the banks of a lotus pool.

Rana Kumbha Palace

The massive Rana Kumbha Palace stands in ruins and is thought to have been built in 734 AD. In the palace, a horse stable can be seen as well as a temple of Lord Shiva.

Ratan Singh’s Palace

Ratan Singh Palace was the royal family’s winter palace. While the exterior has been revamped, the interior stands mostly in ruins. The building overlooks Rataneshwar Lake. Just past the main gate of the palace is a temple, Rataneshwar Mahadev.

Meerabai’s residence

Maharana Uday Singh, who founded the city of Udaipur, is said to have been born here and legends say his wet nurse, Panna Dai, saved his life here. This is also believed to be the former home of Meerabai, a famous bhakti poetess.

Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame)

Kirti Stambh, or Tower of Fame, was built during the 12th century and stands xx ft (22 m) high. The tower was dedicated to Lord Shri Adinath Rishabdeo.

Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory)

Vijay Stambh, or Tower of Victory, was built by Rana Kumbha in 1440 as a commemoration of his triumph against the forces of Gujarat and Malwa. The tower stands nine stories in height and is composed partly of white marble and red sandstone. It bears sculptures of iconic Hindu gods and goddesses.

Temples

In total, there are six Jain temples standing in Chittorgarh Fort

Kumbhashyam Ka Mandir and the Meera Temple

The temple of Kumbhashyam Ka Mandir was dedicated by Maharana Kumbha to Lord Vishnu. On the grounds stands a second temple, dedicated to poet Meera.

Fateh Prakash Mahal

Fateh Prakash Mahal is a two-story, white palace built between 1884 and 1930. Each corner of the palace bears a tower, crowned with a dome. Part of this palace was converted into a museum in 1968 which exhibits a rare collection of sculptures.

Chittorgarh Fort Festival

Each year during January, the city of Chittorgarh hosts the three-day Chittorgarh Fort Festival. The events include a welcome ceremony for visitors at the Gora-Badal stadium, a handicraft fair, selling arts and crafts of the area and a procession to the fort (known as Shobha-Yatra). Activities during the festival include wrestling, a horse competition, a dancing event and the Miss Chittorghar Beauty Contest. The last day of the event features a Village Safari and a traditional lunch at Bassi village.

Things to buy

Sculpture of Chittorgarh Fort Mewar Rajasthan India
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A Rajasthan Textile Development Corporation (RTDC) shop stands in Chittorgarh Fort, selling a range of local goods, including silk saris and other silk items, traditional blankets and other handicraft and gift products.

Traveler tips

Suraj Pol(Gate) of Chittorgarh Fort Entrance.
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Wheelchair accessibility

The majority of Chittorgarh Fort is inaccessible to those visitors in a wheelchair.

Souvenir shop

Some reviewers of Chittorgarh Fort have stated that items on sale in the RTDC shop are overpriced and that the same items can be purchased in the city for much less

How to get there

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On foot

Chittorgarh Fort is located in the centre of the city and is within walking distance of most attractions. However, the steep road up the hill can be challenging.

Public transport

Buses are available from all the major Rajasthan cities, including Udaipur, which is the closest. The town is also connected by rail.

By car

Chittorgarh Fort can easily be accessed by car and parking is available. Search on Google Maps for the best route.

Rideshare services

There are no online rideshare services available in Chittorgarh.

How to book tickets (official ticket purchase) (from USD 14.0)

Chittorgarh Fort
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Tickets for entry to Chittorgarh Fort are available at various websites or book a tour online instead. Also, check out the official tourism website for package deals.

Skip the Line Chittorgarh Fort E-Tickets with guide

Duration: 1 to 12 hours

Chittorgarh Fort information

RUINS OF CHITTORGARH FORT
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Chittorgarh Fort

Address: Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 4am - 10pm; Tue: 4am - 8:15pm

Cost: 9 USD

Website: Chittorgarh Fort

Department of tourism: Visit Rajasthan

Chittorgarh Fort Independent Tour with Transport from Udaipur

Duration: 10 hours

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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