Friday, 6 February 2015

Facts About Chittorgarh Fort in India

Chittorgarh Fort, often simply referred to as Chittor, is the grandest fort in Rajasthan and the largest one in India. Located on a 180 meter high hill overlooking the plains of the Berach River valley, the fort expands over a wide area of around 280 ha. Chittorgarh, comprising multiple palaces, temples, gates and a pair of prominent commemoration towers, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic and architectural value.

Chittorgarh Fort , also known as Chittaur Fort, is credited as one of the largest fort of India. The fort is located on a high hill near the Gambheri River in Chittorgarh and lies at a distance of 112 kms from the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India and undoubtedly can be called as “Pride of Rajasthan”. This huge fort covers an area of 700 acres, extending to 3 kms in length and 13 kms in peripheral length. There are numerous palaces and towers inside the fort that are worth to be visited.            
During the eighth century, Chittorgarh, earlier known as Chitrakut, was the capital of the local Sisodia clan of Rajputs. Muslim rulers had sacked Chittorgarh three times in the medieval period. First, Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi in 1303 laid siege of the Chittorgarh Fort to capture the beautiful Padmini, the queen of Chittorgarh. But, Bhim Singh, the ruler of Chittorgarh, sacrificed his and his men's lives. The women, including Padmini and the children, committed mass suicide or jauhar inside the fort.

  • Chittorgarh Fort is a fort located in the city of the same name, in Asia’s India, and it contains 65 notable buildings, including 4 memorials, 4 palaces and 19 temples.
  • Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest Indian fort in terms of area, and is often stated to be the most impressive fort in the Indian state Rajasthan.
  • Chittorgarh Fort covers an area of 2.8 square kilometres (1.1 square miles), has a perimetre of 13 km (8 miles), and is situated on a 180 metre (890.6 feet) high hill.
  • Padmini’s Palace, the erstwhile residence of Rani Padmini the embodiment of beauty, courage and grace, is situated inside the majestic Chittorgarh Fort. A beautiful lotus pond is located nearby the palace.
  • Ram Pol, seventh gate of the Majestic Chittorgarh fort, is the main entrance of the Fort. Ram Pol is distinct from other gates due its marvelous Rajput architectural style. This gate stands as a symbol of Hindu culture and Indian architectural beauty.
  • Palace of Rana Kumbha, a 15th century old mammoth famous monument, is enclosed interior to Chittorgarh fort. This Palace where the Rajput King Maharana Kumba lived his royal life is a fine specimen of Rajput’s architecture and it is one of the marvel structures in India.

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