Chittaurgarh Fort

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Chittaurgarh, India

Chittaurgarh Fort Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Visiting Chittaurgarh Oct 29, 2015
Chittaurgarh, or Chittorgarh as it is sometimes written, is the largest fort in India and indeed in the whole of Asia. From the 8th century, when it was built, to the 10th, and again from the 13th to the 16th, when it was finally abandoned after Akbar successfully laid siege to it, this fort was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. The tales of battles fought here, of heroism and sacrifice, still resonate in the hearts of Indians it seems, although they are not much told outside the country and relatively few foreign tourists visit the fort. That is a pity, as it has a special atmosphere very different to the other forts on the tourist trails such as Jaisalmer or Agra’s Red Fort, owing in part at least to its more ruined state.

The three most significant events during the fort’s history were all sieges. The first was led by Allaudin Khilji, his eyes on Queen Padmini of Chittaur, in 1303 A.D. The second, in 1535, was led by Bahadur Shah of Gujurat, and the third in 1568 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. On all three occasions the women of the court committed Jauhar, mass immolation, rather than be seized and no doubt raped by the invading army. It is the bravery of these women, as well as the men who resisted the attacks, that has made Chittaurgarh such a byword for heroism among Indians.

We had an excellent young guide here who told these stories well and brought the various buildings to life for us. He is the nephew of the owners of the Padmini Haveli guesthouse in the village in the fort (see separate review) and would be worth contacting about a tour if visiting independently.

If you visit on your own, note that while there is no entry fee payable for general access to the fort you will need to buy a ticket to go inside some of the buildings such as the Victory Tower and museum – the ticket office is inside after passing through Ram Pol, the last of seven great gates you pass under as you drive up the winding access road from the town on the plain below.

There is so much to see here you could easily spend a whole day exploring – or take in a couple of the main sights in an hour or two. We were here for about four hours which meant we could see some of the less-visited parts of the fort as well as its “main attractions”, the Padmini Palace and Victory Tower. I have described these and the other sights we saw in my blog entry about the fort.
Detail of Jain Tower
Reservoir and temple
Victory Tower from near the Suraj …
Ruined temple
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