The trip to Chittorgarh can never be complete without a visit to famous Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh palace is known for its outstanding architecture and other monuments located within the campus such as Vijaya Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Fateh Prakash Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace. The fort is encompassed by ancient temples and lush green gardens. This place is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Erected in the 15th century, Vijay Stambha is a symbol of Rana Kumbha’s victory over the armies of Gujarat and Malwa. This monument showcases the story of Chittorgarh’s bravery and courage. The Vijay Stambha is built partially in the white marble and rest in red sandstone with spectacular flower patterns and carving of Goddesses and Gods.
Located among the ruins of Chittorgarh fort, the stambha has 150 stairs that take the visitors to the top. Having reached the top, you will be enthralled by the alluring view of the fort.
As you walk beyond the Samidheshwar Temple, towards the end of the cliff you will see a deep tank called the Gaumukh Reservoir.
Walk down beyond the and at the edge of the cliff is a deep tank, the Gaumukh Reservoir, where you can feed the fish. The reservoir takes its name from the spring that feeds it in the shape of a cow’s mouth, “gaumukh”, carved into the cliffside.
Kalika Mata Temple and Rani Padmini’s Palace
Towards the south of the Chittorgarh fort is the Kalika Mata Temple. The temple was originally a Sun Temple converted into the one dedicated to Goddess Kali in the 1th century. The temple is a beautiful exemplar of the architecture of the Pratihara era, with aspect bearing a mark of the magnificent work of art. You will find Rani Padmini’s Palace in the middle of a small lake, almost 250 meters south of the temple, a must visit location in the fort premises.
An important pilgrim for the Jain, Ranakpur Temple is an epitome of elaborate details and design, dedicated to Adinatha. The stunningly carved 1444 pillars at the temple makes it a true architectural marvel. While in Chittorgarh, the Ranakpur temple is a must visit!
Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temples
Built in intricate Indo-Aryan style by Rana Kumbha, the famous Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temples are located at the southeast side of Rana Kumbha Palace. The larger of the two is the Kumbha Shyam Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the engraved panels of which showcase the 15th century Mewar life. The other one is dedicated to the renowned poetess and Lord Krishna devotee, Meerabai.
Archeological Museum, Chittorgarh
The Archaeological Museum in Chittorgarh homes numerous valuable artifacts from the bygone years, making it a place of great historical significance. The museum is situated at the eastern end of Banbir-ki-Diwar. Built in the 19th century by Maharaja Fateh Singh, the museum was originally a fort. It was in the year 1968 that government transformed the fort to a museum. Along with the artifacts from the Chittor Fort, you will find several objects related to Buddhism and Hinduism. The collection here includes, coins, terracotta figures, sculptures, inscriptions, weapons, Stone Age objects, paintings and much more.