Chittorgarh is a famous city of Rajasthan and popularly known as a martyr’s land. The soil of this city is colored with the blood of the warriors and Rajput Kings who shed their lives for their motherland and self-esteem. The city is settled on the banks of Berach River which is a branch of the River Banas and the epitome of the city is its fort which shares the same name.
Chittorgaeh is known for its great warriors and kings and queens who were devoted to their motherland and it revolves around the Chittorgarh Fort which is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best hill forts of India. The fort is dated back to the 7th century and used to be the capital seat of the Mewar rulers. This massive fort was attacked by three rulers and it witnesses many great eras of Indian history. There are ample of things to do in Chittorgarh which can fill your heart with honor for the Rajputana patriotism.
This is the fort which dignifies and shares the title of the city and the name of the city has been popular after the bravery sagas that are relevant to the fort. The fort of Chittorgarh is having seven gates and all of them are structured to set up battlements for military protection, and apart from being a Heritage Site the fort is the epitome of the city. The fort is having many sections that can be a long trip and they are Vijay Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Queen Padmini’s Palace, the seven gates, Gaumukh reservoir, Fateh Prakash Palace are the major ones. Visiting Chittorgarh Fort is one of the best things to do in Chittorgarh.
If you love to view the birds and the mammals roaming around you then you can have a nice time at the Bassi wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the very common Chittorgarh activities done by the tourists who visit in the city. People can see many mammals such as fox, antelope, mongoose, deer, panther, porcupine, wild cat, and many birds such as Peacock, Eagle, Crane, and there are migratory birds can also been seen such as pelicans. There are water channels and Bassi Dam can also been seem which is one of the attractions while you visit the place.
Bassi Fort is a fort which is dated back to the 16th century and was built by Thakur Jaimal of Sisodia clan. Thakur Jiamal was a great warrior and he shed his life in defending the Chittorgarh Fort. The fort has been converted in to a heritage hotel and is having 16 rooms with beautiful carved jharokhas or a window that makes it is atypical Rajput styled palace. You can expect the warm hospitality and accommodation in the palace hotel where you will be feeling like a royal guest and it is very close to the Bassi wildlife sanctuary where you can explore the beautiful flora and fauna of Chittorgarh.
People can also visit to the Sanwariya ji Temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is located just a few kilomteres from the main city of Chittorgarh and located in Bhadsoda Chouraha and one can see the idols of Lord Krishna in this temple. The idols are seen in complete black stone and decorated with golden jewelry and Lord Krishna is seeing playing flute which makes it an adoring view of the idols and people in huge numbers visit this temple on the occasion of Janmasthami that comes in the month Bhadra that commonly fall in the months of August-September.
Padmini’s place is one of the significant things to do in Chittorgarh and one cannot come back from this city without visit the Padmini’s place. The palace used to be the residence of Queen Padmini and it was dated back to the era when the queen came to the kingdom as wife of Rana Ratan Singh. The palace was reconstructed in the 19th century and people can see this beautiful palace which is settled on a water body. Queen Padmini shed her life to save her dignity from Alauddin Khilji by accepting ‘Jauhar’ when the king was obsessed with her divine beauty and wanted to make her queen.
Chittorgarh shopping experience is equally famous alike its fort and other Chittorgarh activities and that is why it will be a nice and thrilling trip to the local shopping markets of Chittorgarh where you can buy for the various articles such as Camel leather products, traditional Rajasthan articles such as bangles, miniature paintings, wooden handicrafts, stunning figures made of marble, jewelry and most important the Thewa jewelry is a unique one which can be bought from here and the specialty of this jewelry is that the gold designs are set in in glass and the main markets of Chittorgarh are Sadar bazar, Fort Road Market and .
The place can easily be reached by a nice car drive and you can reach to the Mauryan era as this place is closely related to this age. This is an area where you can see some beautiful ancient articles such as ancient coins that are from town of Mauryan period to Chandragupta Period and the city is found by Archaeological Department. The city was also had prominence from 2nd century it was under the power of Kshatrapas and later in 3rd century it was reignedby Malvas and Huna and through excavation an ancient stupa is also discovered which was constructed by molded bricks.
Menal could be one of the most thrilling things to do in Chittorgarh as this place would be an idyllic destination for the picnickers and the place is known as Mini Khajuraho. The place is actually famous for ancient temples, that is dated back to the Buddhist culture and many temples have also been found through many excavations and there is also a temple that belonged to 12th century can also been see. But the important aspect for which Menal is famous is its sparkling waterfall which is a divine view to have and a gorgeous backdrop to enjoy with your loved ones.