A date with History - Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh, once a strong hold of the Sisodia Rajput Dynasty of Mewar is now a World Heritage site. A visit to Chittorgarh Fort takes you back to the history books, and the words Mira Bai, Rani Padmini, Johar, Vijay Stambh come to life. Located just two hours away from Udaipur, a trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without a visit to Chittor.

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In addition to the forts and various monuments, the fort also houses 113 temples.
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Chittor is best visited during sunset, as one can capture awesome views of the sunset from the fort top. In addition, the langurs in the area gives your pictures a different perspective all together.

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One can drive through the fort walls and this makes exploring the fort quite easy. One monument which attracts you from a distance is the Vijay Stambh. The tower was constructed by the Mewar king, Rana Kumbha, in 1448 to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji.

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A popular legend that is associated with the fort is the story of Rani Padmavati. Several 16th-century texts mention her, of which the earliest source is Padmavat, an epic fictionalized poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE. It is said, that the tales of Padmini‚Äôs beauty reached the ears of the Sultan of Delhi, Allauddin Khilji and he came down to Chittor to get a glimpse of her. But he had to content himself with only the reflection of the queen, as it was against the Rajput customs for an outsider to see the queen. Later Allaudin attacked Chittor and killed Rana Ratan Singh, but by the time he entered the fort, Rani Padmini accompanied by other ladies committed Jauhar and embraced death.

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There is an aura about the place which makes it a must visit on a trip to Rajasthan

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