Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chittaurgarh Fort

Rajasthan which is considered as the land of royals, has a past that is rich in heritage. Forts in Rajasthan are it's identity. Every city of Rajasthan has forts be it Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Bikaner.

Chittaurgarh reveals the real pride and glory of Rajasthan in the form of its various forts and monuments. Chittaurgarh is a ruined citadel where the royal past lives in the imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris. The entire Chittaurgarh echoes with the tales of romance and valor which is very much unique to the Rajput tradition.

Chittaurgarh Fort

The fort is located on a hill that dominates the modern township of Chittor. The fort was sacked three times between 15th century and 16th century. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. The fort has seven gates, the Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and the main entry gate of Ram Pol.

Main attractions of this fort are-

Kirti Stambh which is a seven-storied structure with a cramped stairway of 54 steps.

Vijay Stambh is also called as the Victory Tower. This tower can even be seen from the town, which is located below the fort. The tower was built around the 15th century AD.

Chittaurgarh Fort

Sammidheshwara Temple is near this tower. Gaumukh reservoir and the palace of Queen Padmini are important spots to the south of the Rana Kumbha Palace.

The fort with its impressive location and colourful history is the main source of attraction in Chittor town.

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