Come and relive the history of India.
Chittorgarh is a city in Rajasthan, the land of kings. It was named by Chitrangada Mori, the ruler of Mauryan clan and stands in the south eastern side of Rajasthan, 233km from Ajmer. The city was built on the banks of Berach and Gambhiri rivers. The place has witnessed several glorious battles fought by the royal families. The palaces and the forts, which are a symbol of grandeur, nobility and brilliance, also help to increase the elegance of the place.
However, the city also consists of vast forest regions which are filled with various flora and fauna and also has undulating hills from the Aravali ranges. This place is a treat for those who have a keen interest in seeking knowledge about history. Chittorgarh, as a part of Rajasthan, attracts the maximum number of tourists throughout the year, both Indian as well as foreigners.
The best time to visit the city is the winter, from September to March, as the weather is generally pleasant with the temperature fluctuating between 05⁰C-30⁰C, however the summer months, from April to July, are too hot and should be avoided when the temperature fluctuates between 23⁰C-43⁰C. The main attraction of the place that stretches far and wide is the Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh also attracts tourists for its forests like the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, which are home to various kinds of animals and flowers and can amuse the nature lovers.
The main festivals celebrated by the people of Chittorgarh are Maharana Pratap Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Pratap Singh, also known as Maharana Pratap, the great Rajput king of Mewar, Meera Mahotsav, the birth anniversary of Meera Bai, the follower of Lord Krishna, Gangaur,the most important festiva of the State where the unmarried women of the society worship Gauri to be blessed with good husbands, Jauhar Mela, takes place on the anniversary of Padmini’s Jauhar and is celebrated to honour the bravery of the ancestors. Jauhar Mela is the most famous and the biggest festival celebrated by the Rajputs.
Top things do in Chittorgarh
How to reach
Chittorgarh is well connected by almost all the means of transport, like trains, buses, flights and by road, to many other cities of Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jaipur etc. Not only to the cities of Rjasthan, but it is also well connected to other cities in other states like New Delhi, Ahmedabad etc.
How to Reach by Flight
Despite of being a city of immense importance and beauty in the state of Rajasthan, it does not have an airport. However the city is placed at a distance of 90kms from the Maharana Pratap Airport, also known as Dabok Airport, in Udaipur. This airport also makes it possible to link Chittorgarh to many other places in the country.
How to Reach by Train
Chittaurgarh Junction is a major railway station that helps to connect the city to various other places. It is one of the largest stations in the southern part of the state and falls in the Western Railway Zone. It is owned by the Indian Railways and has taxi and auto stand outside the station that makes it easy for the passengers to travel to various parts of the city. The city has few other small railway stations like Chanderiya, Ordi, Bassi, Gangrar etc.
How to Reach by Bus
Chittorgarh can also be reached by buses. The option of both, state buses as well as private tours and travel agencies, are present. It takes around 10 hours to cover a distance of 566km that is the distance between Chittorgarh and New Delhi. However there are other options like taking a bus from New Delhi to Jaipur and then again a bus from Jaipur to Chittorgarh which takes around 11hours 30 minutes. From Ahmedabad, Chittorgarh can be reached by bus in about 7 hours, covering a distance of around 70km.
How to Reach by Road
There are wide networks of roads that can be accessed to reach the city of Chittorgarh from other places. The distance of between Jaipur and Chittorgarh is around 306km which can be covered by road in around 6 hours, from New Delhi it is around 565 km which takes around 10 hours, and from Ahmedabad it is around 381km which can be covered in around 7 hours by road.
How to travel within
Within the city of Chittorgarh, people can travel by auto-rickshaws and taxis. There are no buses or metros or local trains that connect the different places of the city.
The city consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes which are generally very spicy. Dal Bati Churma and Gatte Ki Sabji, in the vegetarian dish, and Lal Maas and Mohan Maas, in non-vegetarian dish, are the most famous delicacies of the entire state of Rajasthan. Gajar Halwa is famous as a desert. The delicious street food like Bajra Kachori, Mawa Kachori etc are also famous in the city. The place is also famous for its Thali, a vegetarian dish which consists of around 10 dishes along with sweets, rice and other delicacies.
Day 1- Udaipur Airport is situated at a distance of 80km from Chittorgarh and is the nearest airport. After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and then after some rest you can go to the local market of the area.
Day 2- After the breakfast proceed to the Chittorgarh fort. It may take you the entire day to cover the entire premise of the fort. If you want, you can then go for shopping to another local market.
Day 3- After breakfast leave for Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend some time over there, and then leave for Jaipur and have dinner at Chokhi Dhani which is 316.2 km away from Chittorgarh.