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Chittorgarh

A zigzag ascent of more than 1km starts at Padal Pol and leads through six gateways to the main gate on the western side, the Ram Pol (the former back entrance). Inside Ram Pol is a still-occupied village (turn righ…
Tower in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Tower of Fame

North of Surajpol is the 24m-high Tower of Fame, dating from 1301. Built by a Jain merchant, the tower is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar (one of the 24 revered Jain teachers) and is decorated with n…
Historic Building in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Padmini’s Palace

Padmini's Palace sits beside a large lotus pool with a central pavilion. Legend relates that, as Padmini sat in this pavilion, Ala-ud-din saw her reflection in the lake. This glimpse convinced him to destroy Chittor…
Tower in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Tower of Victory

The glorious Tower of Victory, symbol of Chittorgarh, was erected by Rana Kumbha in the 1440s, probably to commemorate a victory over Mahmud Khilji of Malwa. Dedicated to Vishnu, it rises 37m in nine exquisitely car…
Palace in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Rana Kumbha Palace

After entering the fort, turn right and you'll arrive almost immediately at the ruins of this 15th-century palace, which includes elephant and horse stables and a Shiva temple. Padmini's jauhar is said to have taken…
Hindu Temple in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Meera Temple

Close to the Fateh Prakash Palace is the Meera Temple, built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the ornate Indo-Aryan style and associated with mystic-poetess Meerabai. She consumed poison sent by an enemy, but surv…
Monument in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Chhatris

On the climb up to the fort you pass two chhatris (cenotaphs) between the second and third gates. These mark the spots where Jaimal and Kalla, heroes of the 1568 siege, fell during the struggle against Akbar. Jaimal…
Indian in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Chokhi Dhani Garden Family Restaurant

This fan-cooled roadside dhaba (snack bar) with extra seating in the back does a good-value selection of vegetarian dishes, including filling thalis and a variety of North and South Indian dishes.
Hindu Temple in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Kalika Mata Temple

Across from Padmini’s Palace is the Kalika Mata Temple, an 8th-century sun temple damaged during the first sacking of Chittorgarh and then converted to a temple for the goddess Kali in the 14th century.
Hindu Temple in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

Kumbha Shyam Temple

This temple, which shares the same compound as the smaller Meera Temple, is dedicated to Vishnu and its carved panels illustrate 15th-century Mewar life.