Temple at Chittaurgarh Fort- Chittaurgarh
Chittaurgarh - the name itself evokes countless images
of courageous Rajput rulers who laid down down their lives in battle
field to well known superior enemies, of gorgeous queens whose beauty
had a maddening appeal that forced foreigners to launch wars and of
the sacred fire that embraced many women and children in its arms to
save them from the atrocities of invading armies.
Chittaurgarh's history is laced with such events that still ring a bell in the hearts of the visitors and even those who are sitting far off comfortably in their homes and offices. The stories from its history begin to flow the moment an interested ear turns towards it. By the end of the session, Chittaurgarh leaves an impression that is wondrous, awe inspiring, confusing and heart rending at the same time. The sacrifices given to preserve the honour of the city inspire a patriot heart while simultaneously filling it with sorrow for the innocent lives lost due to the greed of others.
For tourists Chittaurgarh has an unparalleled charm. The early town that was confined within the walls of fort atop a hill, now spreads to the western part (of the hill). This new town is known as the Lower Town and has nothing much in specific to allure the tourists. However, the fort area is definitely not to be missed. Chittaurgarh can be explored at a leisurely pace from a bicycle or an autorickshaw. Charges are pretty reasonable and provides sufficient time to roam around as per one's choice.
For those who have little time in hand, a trip to Chittaurgarh can be clubbed with that of Udaipur. A single day should suffice to give a brief introduction to a place that has suffered so much but still managed to retain its identity.
The nearest airport to reach Chittaurgarh is Dabok Airport in Udaipur which is 90 km away. Udaipur is well connected by a daily flight to Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Aurangabad.
Several trains connect Chittaurgah to major cities within and outside Rajasthan. The Chetak Express covers Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi while Neemuch Agra connects to Kota. Other trains run to Ahmedabad and Udaipur as well.
NH 8 connects Delhi and Jaipur to NH 79 TO Ajmer. From here, Chittaurgarh is little less than 4 hours drive via Nasirabad, Bhilwara and Bundi. Chittaurgarh can be reached by 2 ½ hr drive from Udaipur. Buses also connect Chittaurgarh to Delhi, Ajmer, Jaipur and Udaipur.