Must-see attractions in Chittorgarh (Chittor)

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    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…

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    Tower of Fame

    The 24m-high Tower of Fame dates from 1301. Built by a Jain merchant, it is dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankar (great Jain teacher) and is…

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    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…

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    Rana Kumbha Palace

    To the right after entering Chittorgarh you'll arrive almost immediately at the ruins of this 15th-century palace, which includes elephant and horse…

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    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…

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    Meera Temple

    The Meera Temple was built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the ornate Indo-Aryan style and associated with mystic-poetess Meerabai. She consumed poison…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    Samidheshwar Temple

    This temple, built in the 6th century and restored in 1427, is notable for its intricate carving of a Trimurti (three-faced) figure of Shiva.

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    Fateh Prakash Palace

    This palace is relatively modern and houses a small, poorly labelled museum and a school.

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    Ratan Singh Palace

    While Padmini's Palace was the summer abode of the Chittor royals, the winter palace takes the name of her husband, Rattan Singh. It overlooks a small…

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    The royal cremation ground and was also where 13,000 women committed jauhar (ritual mass suicide by immolation) in 1535. There are many sati (self…