About Chittorgrah

The city of Chittorgarh was built in the 7th century AD by the Maurya dynasty. It is an important city of Rajasthan and is located on the banks of rivers Gambhiri and Breach and is 140kms from the Udaipur. Chittorgarh was earlier the capital of Mewar. It has a rich history through the centuries where it has been sought after by many rulers including the Mughal dynasties of which the most famed one was Allauddin Khilji who waged wars on this city to seek the love of Rani Padmini. To avoid being abducted and dishonoured, she along-with other ladies committed Jauhar (act of self immolation).

Chittorgarh remains replete with historic associations and holds a very special place in the hearts of Rajputs, as it was a bastion of the clan at a time when every other stronghold had succumbed to invasion. It is often called as the 'Bhakti aur Shakti ki nagari' (land of devotion and strength). The fort and the city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival 'Jauhar Mela'. This festival is to commemorate the bravery of Rajput ancestors and all three Jauhars which happened at Chittorgarh.

UNESCO accorded the status of World Heritage Site to the Chittorgarh Fort in 2013.

Chittorgarh Fort
Vijay Stambha near Justa Lake Nahargarh Palace Hotel Chittorgarh

Places to See in Chittorgrah

Chittaurgarh Fort:

Lake Nahargarh Palace, Chittorgarh - A jüSTa Resort udaipur chittorgarh

Chittaurgarh epitomizes Rajput spirit, valour, pride and romance. It reverberates with heroism and sacrifice the tales of which are still sung by the Bards of Rajasthan. The imposing and awe inspiring fort stands on a 240-hectares site, on 180m high hill that rises rapidly from the plains.

It has one kilometre zigzag ascent to it. The road leads through seven gates to the main gate Rampol (meaning Gate of Ram). On the ascent between the second and the third gate, you see two 'Chattris' (cenotaphs) built to honour Jaimal and Kalla heroes of 1568 siege by Emperor Akbar. The main gate of the fort itself is Surajpol (meaning Sun Gate).

The fort fell thrice to the enemies in its entire history. The first attack occurred in 1303 when the Sultan of Delhi Ala-ud-din Khilji, overwhelmed by the beauty of Queen Padmini, besieged the fort with sinister design to capture the queen. In 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, besieged the fort causing immense carnage. It is said that 32000 men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out to face certain death. The women folk led by Rani Karnawati committed Jauhar (collective self immolation by fire) to save their honor.

In 1568 Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered it. In 1616, Mughal Emperor Jehangir restored the fort to the Rajputs. Now, a new township sprawls below the hill on the west side.

According to the legend the construction of the fort was started by Bhim, a Pandav hero of mythological epic Mahabharata. The fort has many magnificent monuments .Even though the fort mostly is in ruins,it stands as an overwhelming reminder of its past history of triumph and tragedy and its walls resonate with unbelievable legend of extraordinary men and women and their equally astounding deeds.
Distance from the Hotel: 45 Kms.


Menal Places

Menal is a village in Begun tahsil in Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan. Menal is about 90 Kms. from Chittaurgarh on NH-76. The name Menal is derived from Maha Nal (great gorge). Menal is also known as the 'Mini Khajauraho', blessed with nature's beauty, this picnic spot is situated on the Chittaurgarh - Bundi road and is famous for the ancient temples, waterfalls and beautiful forests.

The Menal temple complex consists of a group of Siva temple on both sides of the waterfall. The 11th century Mahanaleshvara temple is replete with various gates & arches in front of smaller temples & is a perfect example of the Western Indian style of stone temple architecture.

This temple complex was built by Someshvar Chahamana and his queen Suhavadevi of the Shakambhari dynasty during the 11th century A.D. However, the fame of place grew during reign of King Prithviraj Chauhan, as it was his favourite mountain retreat during the scorching Rajasthan summers. For this he had built a palace on the banks of the Menal river which runs over granite slabs before finally plunging into a gorge over 122 meters deep. When it rains, the water flows over the granite rocks and plunges into a gorge 100 feet below into a pool and then proceeds onwards.
Distance from the Hotel: 22 Kms.

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary:

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary near Bassi in Chittorgarh district. It covers an area of 15,290 hectares and was established in 1988. The sanctuary is located on the western border of the Vindhyachal Ranges and includes the Bassi and Orai dams are part of the sanctuary. Antelope, wild boar, panther, mongoose and migratory birds inhabit the sanctuary. It has series of tableland, gentle slopes and vast stretches of large lakes, water channels of which penetrate into the forest.

Placed itself at the backdrop of lush green forests of Vindhyachal ranges, it is a noticeable wild life protection place, providing a natural habitat for varied species of wild life. Orai dam and Bassi dam form part of this nice wildlife sanctuary. Antelopes, Leopards, mongoose and wild boar are some of animals inhabit the sanctuary. Many migratory birds are spotted in the seasons. No doubt, it's a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
Distance from the Hotel: 20 Kms.


Bundi Places

The town of Bundi is situated 35km from Kota and 210km from Jaipur. The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. The Indargarh step well is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district, especially during the rainy season.

ancient times, the area around Bundi was apparently inhabited by various local tribes. Bundi and the eponymous princely state are said to derive their names from a former Meena tribe man called Bunda Meena. Bundi was previously called 'Bunda-Ka-Nal', Nal meaning 'narrow ways'. Later the region was governed by Rao Deva Hada, who took over Bundi from Jaita Meena in 1342, and established a princely state Bundi, renaming the surrounding area called Hadoti, the land of great Hada Rajputs.

The Taragarh Fort, or 'Star Fort' is the most impressive of the city's structures. It was constructed in AD 1354 upon the top of steep hillside overlooking the city. The largest of its battlements is the 16th century bastion known as the Bhim Burj, on which was once mounted a particularly large cannon called Garbh Gunjam, or 'Thunder from the Womb'. The fort is a popular tourist viewpoint of the city below. The fort contains three tanks which never dry up. The technique with which they were built has been long since lost but the tanks survive as a testament to the advanced methods of construction and engineering in medieval India.

The Bundi Palace is situated on the hillside adjacent to the Taragarh Fort and is notable for its lavish traditional murals and frescoes. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is open to the general public.

The largest of Bundi's baoris or stepwells is the intricately carved Raniji ki Baori. Some 46 m deep, it was built in 1699 by Rani Nathavatji. The steps built into the sides of the water-well made water accessible even when at a very low level. The baori is one of the largest examples of its kind in Rajasthan.

The Nawal Sagar is a large square-shaped artificial lake in the centre of Bundi containing many small islets. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the vedic God of water, stands half-submerged in the middle of the lake. The lake feeds the numerous bavdis in the old city by creating an artificial water table.
The Nagar Sagar twin step wells are identical step wells crafted in pristine masonry on either side of the main spine of Bundi town. The kunds (pools) are currently full of waste from the ancient vegetable market in the vicinity.

The Dabhai Kund also known as the jail kund, is the largest of the kunds in Bundi. Though slightly overgrown, it is well worth a visit for the spectacular carvings on the numerous steps leading down to the water level.
Distance from the Hotel: 80 Kms

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