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jüSTa Lake Nahargarh Palace, Chittorgarh

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.