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Welcome to Chittorgarh,

This city, located in South-East of Rajasthan, is a repository of monumental historic events, rich heritage and evergreen folklores. Bappa Rawal of the eighth century, is credited with the discovery of chittorgarh.

The cynosure of attraction is the Olympian fortress that stretches up to three miles in length and soars up to a whopping four hundred and ninety-five feet. The Vijaystambha, the Kirtistambha, Palace of Rana Kumbha, Palace of the famed Padmini, Jaimal palace and Patta palace are some of history laced tourist haunts that draws hundreds and thousands of backpackers. Besides, historical sites, you can pay your tribute at the Kumbha Shyam Temple, the Kalika Mata Temple, the Saas-Bahu Temple and the Meerabai Temple.

Chittorgarh is also well-known for its wildlife parks like Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sita Mata Sanctuary.It is known for Meera Bai the most famous female Hindu spiritual poetess whose compositions are still popular throughout India. Also for famous person Maharana Pratap, who is regarded as a personification of the values Rajputs cherish and die for.

Places to be visited in Chittorgarh
Badoli Shiva Temples
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48 km away, on the way to Rana Pratap Sagar Dam lies one oldest and most spectacular temple complexes in Rajasthan belonging to the 9th century AD. It is built a little before the classical period of temple building. The craftsmanship seen here is stunning. The carvings and the figure of Natraj, Shiva as cosmic dancer, on the door of the mandap are bewitching. There are many interesting shrines that can be visited here.

The main temple is Ghateshwara Temple, which features some impressive columns. Although it is one of the best preserved temples here, some of its figures have been damaged. Many of the sculptures from the temple are displayed in Brij Vilas Palace Museum in Kota. The intricate carvings and an exquisite image of Natraj (Shiva) the cosmic dancer on the door of the mandap offer fine examples of craftsmanship. Many interesting shrines also lie closeby.


Bassi Fort
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Bassi Fort that glorifies the history of the Chundawat clan was built in the 16th Century by Thakur Jaimal of Sisodia dynasty, cousin of Maharana Pratap, and also the founder of Bassi principality. Now it is converted into hotel.


Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
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The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 50 Sq.Km. near Bassi village. The key fauna of the sanctuary are panther, wild boar, antelopes and mongoose. Migratory birds also visit the sanctuary. For entry into the sanctuary, prior permision is to be obtained from the District Forst Officer, Chittorgarh.


Bhainsrodgarh Fort
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Bhainsrodgarh Fort lies on the right bank of the Chambal River and a village lies within the fort. The fort is set amidst scenic surroundings. An ancient temple of Gaipar Nath Mahadev on the way is an idyllic picnic spot. Near the fort is Rana Pratap Sagar Dam.

Rana Pratap Sagar dam is the second in the series of Chambal Valley Projects, located 52 km downstream of Gandhi Sagar dam across the river Chambal in Rajasthan. This dam was completed in the year 1970.


Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
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The sanctuary lies in the lush green environs of Bhainsrorgarh, invaluable archaeological remains can also be seen here.


Bijaipur Castle
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The 350 year old castle built by Rao Shakti Singh, the youngest brother of Maharaja Pratap, is the major attraction. Set in the midst of the Vindhyachal ranges, in Rajasthan, is one of the majestic hotels of Chittorgarh. The 16th century built Bijaipur Castle is a small hotel owned, inhabited and run by the local ruling family.


Chittorgarh Fort
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The Chittorgarh Fort seated on a 180 metre hill, covers an expanse of 700 acres. It was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. There is also a belief that it was constructed by Bhima of the Pancha Pandavas. This fort was the citadel of many great Rajput warriors such as Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, etc.

The fort is a treasure house of history and historical monuments the approach to the fort is very difficult, the one mile steep serpentine thoroughfare is exhaustive and the fort is reached through huge seven pols of gates, which are in fact the strong points having a watch tower and massive iron spiked doors.

The fort is approached through massive pols of gates. Near Bhairon Pol, is a cenotaph or 'chhatra' in honor of the chivalrous Jaimal and his cousin Kala, who laid down their lives whilst defending Chittaur against the Mughals. Jaimal who was seriously wounded, but was not ready to die in his bed , thus he was carried into battle on the shoulders of his cousin Kala , both of them died while showing exemplary courage.

At Ram Pol is a memorial to Phatta, who was only 16 years old and had just been married, his father had already died defending Chittorgarh, and was sent into the battle by his mother, to free her son from any affection towards home she herself pickled up sword along with his bride and jumped into the battle field both of them died in front of Phatta. Next day the women folk of the palace ended their lives by committing Johar. Phatta leading the saffron robed men from the front thundered down like lightening from the mighty fortress to die fighting.


Gaumukh(Cow's Mouth Reservior)
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Situated near the Mahasati Chowk, the water from a spring flows through a stone structure carved in the form of a cow's mouth into the reservoir.


Government Museum
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The magnificent Fateh Prakash Mahal has been converted into a museum, which houses a rare and rich collectino of sculptures from the fort and the temples.


Jaimal and Patta's Palace
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Theruins of this palace remind once of the story of the gallant Rathores Jaimal and Sisodia Patta the two great warriors, who layed down their lives for the honour of Chittorgarh.


Kalika Mata Temple
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Kalika Mata Temple was originally built in the 8th century for Sun God and was later converted to a temple for mother Goddess, Kali in the 14th century.


Kirti Stambh(Tower of Fame)
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Kirti Stambh (Tower of fame) is a tower situated in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in India. The 22 metre high tower was built by a Bagherwal Jain merchant Jijaji Kathod in 12th century. It is a seven story intricate structure with a cramped stairway of 54 steps and is full of figures from Jain pantheon.The tower is built in the Solanki style. It is 30 feet at the base and narrows down to 15 feet at the top and is adorned with Jain sculptures on the outside. It is dated approximately around the 12th century AD. It is dedicated to the first Jain tirthankara or spiritual teacher, Adinath, and has an impressive five-feet-high statue of the saint.

This Jain tower has a complicated structure with carvings, niches and balconies. The carvings on the tower are the naked figures of various Jain teerthankars. The top most floor of the tower is an observation hall, which offers great views not only of the citadel but also of the surrounding area.


Kumbha Shyam Temple
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The temple dedicated to Varah (Boar), the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built in 1448 AD. By Rana Kumbha Mahasati cenotaphs. The cremation site of the Ranas and their wives, the sites are marked with Chhatris.


Maha Sati
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Maha Sati, a sacred place used to cremate the Udaipur rulers, is located at a place Ahar in Chittorgarh. A main attraction in Maha Sati is a natural reservoir named Gangodbhawa Kund and mythological stories claim that a tributary of Ganges flows underground and emerges here as Ahar river in which this Kund is originated. It is of belief that this reservoir contains very pure sacred water; considered as having equivalent purity and holiness of Ganges water. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located nearby in Maha Sati. This place is unspoiled and slowly becomes an attractive tourist spot.


Matri Kundiya Temple
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Matri Kundiya Temple is also famous as the "Haridwar of Mewar", the shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.


Meera Bai Temple
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The Temple is dedicated to the mystic poetess Meera, and a devotee of Lord Krishna. Meera was born in Kurki village near Merta to Ratan Singh Rathors, and was married to Bhojraj son of Rana Sanga of Mewar. Legends say that she consumed poison set by Vikramaditya but nothing happended to her due to the blessings of Lord Krishna. In front of the temple is the cenotaph (chhatri) of Meera Bai's Guru Shri Rai Das of Banaras, inside the cenotaph is carved a figure of five human bodies with one head, depicting that all castes are equal and even outcasts can attain God.


Mohar Magri(Hill of Gold Coins)
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A small structure which was raised during the invasion of Chittorgarh by Akbar in 1567, it gets the name Mohar Magri because it is believed that Emperor Akbar paid one mohar (gold coin) for each basketful of earth placed on the mound, as the work was very dangerous, brave soldiers guarding the the ramparts fromabvoe. The mound was raised to such a height that the Mughal cannons could be placed over it and fired inside the fort. The important places inside are, the temple of Tulja Bhawani (the tutelary goddess of the scribes), the Naulakha Bhandar or nine lakh treasury, Singar Chauri, depicting inscriptions dating back to 1448 AD. Sat -bis-Deori, the old Jain temple etc.


Nagari
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One of the most important townships of the Mauryan era in Rajasthan, situated on the banks of river Bairach. It was formerly known as Madhyamika, which flourished from the Maurya to Gupta era. The excavations overhere have unearthed many interesting facts and have showed signs of strong Hindu and Buddhist influence.


Neem Khera Farms
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A beautiful picnic spot on the banks of river Chambal and lush green valleys of Aravalli. Horse riding and Boating for people. This farm is situated 1 KM from Famous Baroli Temples,Rawatbhata towards Chambal riverside. The farm also boasts of orange and guava plantations.


Parajhar
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Parajhar is a waterfall near Rawatbhata. The underground water flowing in caves has carved statues and figures on the stones in the cave. Many people have died due to accidents near the waterfall.


Phatta's Memorial (Ram Pol)
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Ram Pol, seventh gate of the Majestic Chittorgarh fort, is the main entrance of the Fort. Ram Pol is distinct from other gates due its marvelous Rajput architectural style. This gate stands as a symbol of Hindu culture and Indian architectural beauty. Phatta's memorial, Phatta being a brave child of age 16 when he died in battle with the intruders defending chttorgarh fort, is located just inside Rampol near the assembly hall. Phatta's symbolizes Rajput's valor and determination. A temple of Ramachandraji is located nearby.


Rana Kumbha's Palace
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Rana Kumbha's Palace is near the Vijay Stambh. This is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh the founder of Udaipur. His life was saved by the heroic act of the maid Panna Dhay, who replaced her son in place of the prince and consequently her son was killed by Banbir. She carried the prince away to safety in a fruit basket. Rani Meera Bai also lived in this palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini committed jauhar with the other ladies in one of the underground cellars

The largest monument of the fort, it is believed that Rani Padmini committed Jauhar, in once of these underground cellars. The palace is in ruins but generates historical as well as architectural interest. The original palace was believed to have been built by Rana Hamir after regaining the fort in the first siege. The Mewar power reached its acme during Rana Kumbha's time, he was a great patron of art and architecture, which is amply reflected in the palace.


Rana Pratap Sagar Dam
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Rana Pratap Sagar dam is the second in the series of Chambal Valley Projects, located 52 km downstream of Gandhi Sagar dam across the river Chambal in Rajasthan. This dam was completed in the year 1970.


Rani Padmini's Palace
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The most famous heroine in the annals of Mewar is, probably, the comely Padmini, a contemporary poet's vivid imagination, quite possibly to supply a romantic reason for Ala-ud-Din's savage conquest of Chittor in 1303. The legendary Rani Padmavati (commonly known as Padmini) - archetype of all beautiful women - a dark-skinned maiden, her incredible beauty was soon acclaimed throughout India.

Rani Padmini's Palace is from which Alauddin was allowed to watch a reflection of the Rani by replacing the mirror in such an angle that even if khilji turned back he could not see the room. Khilji had been warned by the rani's husband that if he turned back they would cut his neck.


Rawatbhata Nuclear Power Stations
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Nuclear power generating facilities Rajasthan Atomic Power Station UNIT-1 is operated by DAE, Rajasthan Atomic Power Station UNIT-2 to 4, operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India is located at Rawatbhata. Heavy Water Plant (under HEAVY WATER BOARD , DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY )is also located at Rawatbhata, for the purpose of supplying heavy water for Power Generation with Natural Uranium.

A nearby orchard Kalakhet is a place worth visiting.presently there are 4 units are operating and 2 units are under construction ,with 2 more units of 700 MW in the offing. The town is located in the lap of aravallis .


Satbis Deori Temple
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Satbis Deori Temple is a Jain shrine located inside Mohar Magri in Chittorgarh. Mohar Margi is a huge structure constructed in 1567 during Akbar's, the great emperor of the Mughal dynasty, invasion of Chittorgarh. This huge mount was raised to a height such that one could fire the canons directly into the Chittorgarh fort. Satbis Deori temple has an attractive structure and visit of this temple enable the visitor to bring back the Jain culture and beauty of the artistic carvings into his mind. Attractions including Tulja Bhavani temple, Singar Chauri and Naulakha Bhandar, all are inside Mohar Margi.


Shree Sanwaliyaji Temple
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Sanwaliya Seth is Avatar of Lord Krishna.Sanwaliyaji also known as sanwariyaji or sanwariya seth or sanwara seth or setho ke seth.This temple is very famous in entire India.

Various festivals and ceremonies organized round the year by the Mandir Mandal or by the devotees from different parts of the country. Especially, on the 11th day of Bhadra- Shukla (Dev-Jhulni Ekaadashi), the Mandir Mandal organizes a mela (fair) and a rath processesion of the Lord in which lakhs of people participate with great religious fervour and zeal.

All 3 temples of Sanwaliyaji are situated in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan.

- Mandpiya Sanwaliyaji

- Bhadsoda Sanwaliyaji


Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary
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The sanctuary is spread over the Aravali and Vindhyachal ranges and is the only forest where teak trees of building value are found. The thickly vegetated sanctuary has about 50% teak trees besides salar, tendu, amla, bamboo and bel etc. Three rivers flow through the forest, Jakham and Karmoj are the major ones. A huge dam has been constructed over the Jakham river for irrigation , and wild animals in the sanctuary.

The key fauna of the sanctuary are leopard, hyena, jackal, fox jungle cat, porcupine, spotted deer,wild bear, four horned antelope and nilgai etc. The most important and conspicuous animal of the sanctuary is the flying squirrel, which can be observed gliding between the trees during night,this no curanla creature hides in the day light , the best time to watch the squirrel is in the months of February and March at Arampura Guest House, when most trees shed their leaves making it easier to sport the squirrel. The sanctuary is also associated with mythological events, it is believed that Sita wife of Lord Rama stayed here during the period of her exile in the ashram of Saint Valmiki.


Tulja Bhavani Temple
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Tulja Bhawani Temple is, an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Turya Bhavani, is situated at the main entrance Ram Pol of the historical monument Chittorgah Fort. It is believed that this shrine was constructed between1535 and 1540 AD. Phatta's Memorial, memorial for the great 16 year old warrior who laid his life to defend the fort, is just nearby. The temple architectural style is amazing, the sculptures and the paintings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are visually pleasing and specimen of superb artistic talents of the age old Chittorgarh population. This is a famous attraction for those who visit Chittorgarh Fort.


Vijay Stambh(Victory Tower)
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Vijay Stambha, is a huge nine storey tower which was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. The tower is 122 ft high and stands on a 10 ft high base. There are sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. The tower is visible from any section of the town below. And from the tower top after climbing 157 steps, there is a great view of the surroundings. The inside walls of the tower are carved with images of Gods, weapons, etc


Other Places
  • Baroli(140 Km-Tehsil-Rawatbhata) : The ruins of the famous temples of babaroli, near Rawatbhata. This town is worth visiting, because of the group of ancient temples situated here.
  • Deogarh(125 Km) : The 16th century fort near Pratapgarh, is famous for the palaces, their murals and Jain temple.
  • Menal(90 Km) : This is also known as the "mini khajauraho", blessed with natures beauty, this picnic spot is situated on the Chittaur - Bundi raod, and is famous for the ancient temples, waterfalls and beautiful forests.
  • Gotmeshwar(130 Km) : The place is famous for the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Jogniya Mata Ji Temple : This temple of Goddess Yogini is said to be 300 years old.
  • Saddle Dam : It is near Rawatbhata; the most common picnic spot for locals. Have a great fun there.
  • Begun Fort, Radha Kirshan Temple, Mati Kundiya Temple, Kailger Mahadave etc.