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Chittaurgarh Fort
Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, 312001

The Basics

Highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site include Vijay Stambah—a 9-story, sandstone victory tower that dates back to the 15th century—and Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame), which is covered with carvings of Jain tirthankars (teachers). The fort is a popular day trip destination from the nearby city of Udaipur and many multi-day trips of Rajasthan stop here for at least a few hours.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Chittaurgarh Fort is a must-see for anyone interested in history or architecture.

  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable footwear, and carry water; as nearly all of the fortress is exposed to the elements.

  • Most of the fort is inaccessible for wheelchair users and travelers with strollers.

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How to Get There

Chittaurgarh Fort is located in the desert of Rajasthan. It’s a 2.5-hour drive from Udaipur; three hours from Bundi; or a 6-hour journey from Jaipur by road; for utmost convenience, opt for a tours that includes round-trip transfers. The fortress is a great place to break up the journey between Udaipur and Bundi, Jaipur, or Pushkar if you’re traveling by road.

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When to Get There

The fort is best visited first thing in the day, before it gets too hot and sunny, though some visitors like to come back in the evening to check out the daily sound and light show at 7pm. The fort is open daily from 9:45 to 5:15; the on-site Government Museum follows a similar schedule, but remains closed on Mondays and select public holidays.

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Padmavati

One of Chittorgarh’s most celebrated former residents was Rani Padmini, aka Padmavati, who lived here in the 13th-14th century. According to myth, she was wed to ruler Rantan Sen, who presided over the fort at the time. When her husband was later imprisoned by the Delhi Sultanate, a huge fight broke out to take the queen. Rather than face capture, she committed self-immolation, or jauhar, an act which is honored annually in the town of Chittor to this day.

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