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Rani Padmani Palace in Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh - City of the Rajput Spirit

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Chittorgarh

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A repository of the major historic events that narrates the saga of the rich heritage and spine of the Rajput women, Chittorgarh in South-East of Rajasthan is a discovery of Bappa Rawal of the eighth century. This celestial city is a medley of beauty, fondness, grace and valour which offers a never before experience.

Chittorgarh also referred to as 'Chittaur' was the capital of Mewar under the Rajputs, from the 7th century to the 16th century AD. The city evokes memories of the great heroism and sacrifice made by the Rajput men and women, who bravely fought against the invaders from Northwest or Delhi. The war-torn monuments and battlements found in the city serve as an account of the bloodshed it witnessed during the medieval times.

History of Chittorgarh

The former capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, Chittorgarh is remembered for the renowned battles it had fought, especially the siege of Allah-ud-din-Khilji which is written with golden ink in the history textbooks. This historic city had witnessed both desolate war-torn situations to the triumphs of the spirit. Allaudin Khilji who desired to possess Queen Padmini of Chitaur invaded the city in 1303 A.D. To escape from the clutches of the tyrant, Rani Padmini and other Rajput women of the court immolated themselves in a pyre of fire. The supreme sacrifice was known as ‘Jauhar’ which epitomizes the fiery spirit of the Rajputs of the day.

Why you should place Chittorgarh in your bucket list?

Famous for the Jauhar of Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavati, the sprightly city of Chittorgarh has seen a lot of battles from time anon. On entering the city you’ll be astonished to see the seven huge entries namely Bhairon Pul, Lakshman Pul, Padan Pul, Hanuman Pul, Jorla Pul, Ganesh Pul and Ram Pul. Cradled on the banks of Gambheri and Berach rivers, Chittorgarh was once the capital of Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar.
The remnants of the past breathe here in the form of old forts and buildings. One of the famous and coveted is the Chittorgarh Fort the largest fort in India, showcasing the statues of great warriors installed by Emperor Akbar.

Places to See in Chittorgarh

A paradise for the wildlife enthusiasts, Chittorgarh houses the two famous Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sita Mata Sanctuary. The city is remembered for the famous poetess Meera Bai, whose spiritual compositions are still popular in India in the form of poetry. Some of the places to visit in Chittorgarh are Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Meera Temple, Padmini Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir, Vijaystambha, Kirtistambha, Jaimal Palace and Patta Palace which every traveller must visit on his trip to Chittorgarh. The best time to visit Chittaurgarh is from February-March and from September-December.

Best Time to Visit Chittorgarh

The best time to visit Chittorgarh is in between September to March. Summers are dry and hot, so preferably winter months are best time to enjoy Chittorgarh.

Weather Condition of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh has a dry and parched climatic condition. In summer months i.e from April to June, Chittorgarh has a quite high temperature which ranges from 43.8° C to 23.8° C. During winters, Chittorgarh has a cool weather condition and temperature ranges from 28.37° C to 11.6° C. The monsoon season in Chittorgarh is humid.


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