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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.
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).
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.
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..
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
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.