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. When I visited Udaipur earlier with my friends, I had seen places in Udaipur but didn’t have time to visit the nearby towns. So this time I planned to start my trip from Chittorgarh, then move to Udaipur, from there to Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur for next two days and return to Udaipur for some time before returning home. One of my friends is also fond of traveling and whenever I plan to travel, I tell her my tentative plan and if she is interested then will do the planning accordingly. After knowing my plan for Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Ranakpur, and Kumbhalgarh she agreed to travel and we fine tuned our itinerary. There were one more female .i.e. my friend’s friend and she also asked us to include her once she came to know about our travel plan. As usual, I booked all the tickets and hotels in advance.
We took an overnight train from Delhi to Chittorgarh, which was our first pit stop. We reached Chittorgarh railway station. There are very few trains stop here so, there was a lot of activity at the station and we easily got an autorickshaw (Auto) for our hotel. We reached our hotel before sunrise but they gave us a room early and we have to wait for around 45 minutes. After resting, freshening up and breakfast, I decided to visit Sanwariyaji Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. We had decided to visit the fort after lunch so that we can see the light & sound show after sunset.
Temple is located on the Chittorgarh – Udaipur road and we negotiated with an auto rickshaw for round trip. The road is very good and on both sides fertile land with some crops. The temple was under renovation and they work building with stone & decorating the corridors with pictures of god and goddess made with different colors of glass. It very popular among locals especially famous among Opium Farmers. The temple is also famous due to the huge donation it receives from hundreds of visitors every day.
I was very enthusiastic to visit famous Chittorgarh fort as I read a lot about it, that it is India’s biggest fort in terms of area and was invincible. The construction started in 7th century AD by the Mauryans and historical records show Chittorgarh fort as the capital of Mewar for 834 years. It was established in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal, founder ruler in the hierarchy of the Sisodia rulers of Mewar etc.
We engaged an autorickshaw to take us to the fort and then return in the evening after the show. The fort is made on top of the hill and spread over an area of approx 690 acres. According to facts fort had once boasted of 84 water bodies has only 22 of them now but honestly, I had seen only a dozen myself.
It’s a big fort and distance between attractions is a lot. We moved from one monument/attraction to another by auto and to see each place properly we have to walk around a lot and climb stairs at many places but it was fun because everywhere the view changes and we come across something interesting.
The main attraction to see in the fort are – Seven gates (in the local language, the gate is called Pol), namely the Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and the main gate named the Ram Pol (Lord Rama’s Gate). Vijay Stambha, most magnificent structure in the complete complex. Other important places to see are Kirti Stambha, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir, Padmini’s Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, Jain Temples and Meera temple.
Chittorgarh was hot and dry even in the month of march. We have to drink a lot of water and fortunately, at some places, there are some carts selling water and items for munching.
After finishing the fort, we have to wait for a while for light and sound show tickets because the guy at the counter said that they will run the show if there are more than 10 people. Fortunately, many people turn up before the show and we got our tickets. We grabbed our seats on benches and enjoyed the show. I personally like it.
After the show, we took our auto and reached our hotel. There was nothing more to do so after dinner, we called for the day.
Next morning after breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and took an auto for the bus stop. There are a lot of buses run during the day, almost every half and an hour there is a bus. We boarded our bus for Udaipur, which was our next stop.