RAJASTHAN HERITAGE TOURS

Rajasthan is one of the 26 states that, along, with seven union territories forms the republic of India. Located in the north-west, it shares its borders with Punjab, Hariyana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and and Gujarat and an international borders with Pakistan. 
RAJASTHAN TOURS
Complete Rajasthan Tours
Duration- 9N/10Days
Golden Triangle Tours
Duration- 2N/3Days
Golden Triangle Tours
Duration- 4N/5Days
Exotic Rajaputana Tours
Duration- 14N/15Days
Rajasthan Palaces Tours
Duration- 17N/18Days
The Sanctuary Experience
Duration- 4N/5Days
Pushkar Fair Tours
Duration- 2N/3Days
Nagaur & Desert Festival
Duration- 5N/6Days
The Royal Kitchen
Duration- 7N/8Days
Village Tourism & Heritage
Duration- 5N/6Days
Village Tourism in the Desert
Duration- 5N/6Days
Rural Paradise Tours
Duration- 22N/23Days
Elephant Safari Tours
Duration- 4N/5Days
Camel Safari Tours
Duration- 7N/8Days
Jeep Safari Tours
Duration- 4N/5Days
Palace on Wheels Tours
Duration- 7N/8Days
Religious Rajasthan Yatra
Duration- 12N/13Days
RAJASTHAN TOURISM
 Introduction
 Rajasthan Cites Tours
 Architectural Heritage
 Natural Heritage
 Fairs and Festivals
 Shopper's Paradise
 Rajasthani Cuisine
 Palace on Wheels
 Village Tours & Agriculture
 Camel Safari
 Elephant Safari
 Horse Safari
 Jeep Safari
 Yoga, Nature Cure and
 Meditation Centres
 Heritage Hotels
 Hotels in Rajasthan
 Religious & Pilgrimages
 Nature of Eco -Wildlife

CHITTAURGARH INFORMATION

Explore India Heritage has devoted itself to The pride and glory of Rajasthan. Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'.

This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was 'Jauhar' - when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death.

Alauddin Khilji was the first to sack Chittaur in 1303 AD, overpowered by a passionate desire to possess the regal beauty, queen Padmini. Legend has that he saw her face in the reflection of a mirror and was struck by her mesmerising beauty. But the noble queen preferred death to dishonour and committed 'Jauhar'.

In 1533 AD during the rule of Sikramjeet, came the second attack from Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat. Once again, Jauhar was led by Rani Karnvati, a Bundi princess. Her infant son, Udai Singh was smuggled out of Chittaur to Bundi who survived to inherit the throne of the citadel. He learnt from his traumatic childhood that discretion is preferred to valour so, in 1567AD when the Mughal Emperor invaded Chittaur; Udai Singh fled to establish a new capital, Udaipur - a beautiful lake city, leaving behind Chittaur to be defended by two 16 year old heroes. Jaimal of Bednore and Patta of Kelwa. These young men displayed true Rajput chivalry and died after 'Jauhar' was peformed. Immediately thereafter, Akbar razed the Fort to a rubble.

Chittaur was never inhabited again but it always asserted the heroic spirit of Rajput warriors

The Fort: The indomitable pride of Chittaur, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the literary rulers in 7th century AD. Perched on a height of 180 m high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The tablets and 'chhatris' within are impressive reminders of the Rajput heroism.

The main gates are Padam Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. The fort has many magnificent monuments - all fine examples of the Rajput architecture. The ancient ruins of the fort are worth spending few moments in solitude.

Vijay Stambh(Victory Tower) :The imposing 37 metres high structure with nine storeys, covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics -Ramayana and Mahabharata.

It was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha, a powerful ruler of Mewar to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malawi and Gujarat.

Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame): The22 metres high tower built by a wealthy Jain merchant in the 12th century AD
The tower is dedicated to Adinathji, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras and is decorated with figures of the Jain pantheon.

Rana Kumbha's Palace: The ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest, bring the most massive monument in the fort of Chittaur. The palace is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed 'Jauhar'

Jaimal and Patta Palaces: The ruins of palaces of Rathore Jaimal and Sisodia Patta are witness to the gallantry of these great warriors.

Padmini's Palace: Built beside a pool, the palace is a magnificent one. It was here that Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padmini stood in 'Zanana Mahal' - a pavilion in the centre and her reflection was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall. After having glimpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravaging Chittaur in order to possess her.


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Introduction  -|- Rajasthan Cites Tours -|- Architectural Heritage  -|- Natural Heritage -|- Fairs and Festivals -|- Shopper's Paradise
 Rajasthani Cuisine  -|- Palace on Wheels -|-  Village Tours & Agriculture -|-  Camel Safari -|-  Elephant Safari -|-  Horse Safari
 Jeep Safari -|- Yoga, Nature Cure and -|-  Meditation Centres -|-  Heritage Hotels -|-  Hotels in Rajasthan -|-  Religious & Pilgrimages -|-  Nature of Eco -Wildlife