I like visiting forts, monuments and historical places. If during my travel, I am not able to visit any monument then I feel that I am missing something. I was planning to visit Chittorgarh for some time and finally, I decided to visit. I decided to visit Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh with it. I planned my route from Delhi – Chittorgarh – Udaipur– Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Delhi. Two of my friends also agreed to become a partner in my crime. I booked train tickets in an overnight train for Chittorgarh and it reached there at 5.00 AM.
We took an autorickshaw from the railway station for our hotel. Though we reached early, they have rooms available so we got our rooms. We have a full day so we decided to visit Sanwariyaji Temple before lunch, this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. We have planned to visit the fort after lunch so that we can see the light & sound show in the evening.
The temple is located on the Chittorgarh – Udaipur road. We negotiated with an auto rickshaw for round trip. The road to the temple was good and there were farms with crops on both sides of the road. The temple is close to the main road. As we entered the temple complex, I noticed that it was under renovation and expansion. They were installing stones & decorating the corridors. The decoration work involved the making pictures of gods and goddess with different colors of glass. This temple is very popular among locals, especially among Opium Farmers. During our temple visit, we came to know that temple receives the huge donation from hundreds of visitors every day. We returned after spending some time there.
After lunch we went to Chittorgarh fort, it is India’s biggest fort in terms of area and considered as invincible in its glorious past. The construction of Fort started in 7th century AD by the Mauryan rulers and historical records show that it remained the capital of Mewar for 834 years.
We engaged an autorickshaw for a half day of sightseeing. The distance between attractions inside the fort is a lot and walking around can be tiring as well as require a lot of time. We moved from one monument to another by auto but still, we have to walk a lot. There are stairs at many places, we explored a lot walking around.The Fort was made on top of the hill and spread over an area of approx 690 acres. According to facts, the fort had once boasted of 84 water bodies but now has only 22 of them, I had seen a dozen myself. There was so much to see in the fort.
The main attraction in Chittorgarh Fort is – Seven gates (in the local language, these gates are called Pol), these gates are Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and Ram Pol. Out of these Pols is Ram Pol (named after Lord Rama). The most significant attraction is Vijay Stambha and it is still in good condition after all these decades. Other important places to see are Kirti Stambha, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, Jain Temples and Meera temple. Some of the monuments are in ruins and need restoration.
Chittorgarh was hot and dry even in the month of March. We drank a lot of water to keep ourselves hydrated. Fortunately, there were stalls inside the fort selling water, cold drinks, and snacks.
After seeing most of the monuments in the fort, we waited for some time for light and sound show. Initially, there were few people but by the time show started, it almost full house. We grabbed our seats on benches and enjoyed one hour show.
There was nothing more to do so, we returned to our hotel.
Next morning after breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and took an auto to the bus stop. The bus stop was reasonably ok. There are buses every half an hour for all major cities in Rajasthan. We bought tickets for Volvo bus to Udaipur, our next city for this trip.