The colossal hilltop fort of Chittaurgarh, or Chittaur, was the ancient capital of Mewar State, ruled by the Sisodia Rajputs. Three times in its long history, Chittaurgarh was sacked by a stronger enemy and on each occasion the men rode out from the fort to certain death, while the women committed johar by throwing themselves and their children onto a huge funeral pyre. The immense stretch of Chittaurgarh’s walls and ruined palaces relate therefore the saga of innumerable sieges and heroism.

What to see

  1. The Fort;
  2. Jaimal and Patta Palaces;
  3. Kalika Mata Temple;
  4. Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame);
  5. Meera and Kumbh Shyam Temple;
  6. Padmini’s Palace;
  7. Rana Kumbha’s Palace;
  8. Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower);
  9. Garden’s and Parks;
  10. Government Museum (closed on Fridays).

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is at Dabok, Udaipur (115 Km) connected with other cities and towns.

Rail: Chittaurgarb is linked on the metre gauge with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Ratlam, and Udaipur.

Road: Motorable roads connect Chittourgarh with Agra 557 km., Ahmedabad 355 Km, Ajmer 182 km, Delhi 585 Km, Jaipur 325 Km, Jodhpur 436 km, Kota 201 Km, Mount Abu 297 Km, Mumbai 865 Km. and Udaipur 115 km.

General information

Area: 6.5 Sq.Kms Temperature: Summer - Max: 43.8 Deg.C. Min: 23.8 Deg.e. Winter - Max: 28.3 Deq.C. Min: 11.6 Deq.C. Rainfall: 85.21 Cm. Altitude : 408 Metres. Season. Sept to March. STD Code : 01472.

Excursions

  1. Nagari (20 Km): An oldest and most important towns in Rajasthan .The remains found during excavations have revealed a strong Hindu as well as, Buddhist influence.

  2. Bassi Village (25 Km): The fort of Bassi was built in the 16th Century by Thakur Jaimal. The Bassi palace is converted into a Palace Hotel.

  3. Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary (25 Km): The attraction here are a variety of animals and migratory birds. Prior permission to be obtained from the District Forest Officer, Chittaurgarh.

  4. Sanwariyaji Temple (40 Km): Situated on the Chittaur - Udaipur road, this modern temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is,,gn important pilgrim centre for Hindus.

  5. Matriya Kundlya Temple (50 Km): Known as the Haridwar of Mewar , this temple is dedicated to lord Shiva.

  6. Bijaipur (60 Km): A castle said to have been built by Rao Shakti Singh, is located in this village. It has now been converted into a Palace hotel ‘Castle Bijapur.

  7. Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km ): Situated in the lush green region of Bhainsrodgarh, this sanctuary is well known for its invaluable archaeological remains.

  8. Menal (90 Km): A beautiful natural spot famous for its old temples, waterfall and forests.

  9. Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary (110 km.): According to legend, lord Rama exiled his wife, Sita, in this jungle. Species of animals seen here include the Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Fox, Porcupine, Sambar, Wild Boar, Four Horned Antelope and Nilgai.

  10. Deogarh (I25 Km.): The Fort in Deogarh has several rooms in the palace have been decorated by local painters after whom the Deogarh School of painting has acquired fame, the world over. The palace is now converted into a palace hotel - ‘Deogarh Castle’.