Synonymous with the tradition of valour and chivalry,
Chittorgarh or Chittaur, the capital of
Mewar, was under the Rajput rule from the 7th to the mid 16th century.
Fiercely independent, it was ravaged thrice, and each time like Phoenix -
it rose again.
Allauddin Khilji was the first to plunder Chittaur in 1303 AD. Legend and history corroborate that this was because of his passionate desire to abduct queen Padmini. Yet, she, preferring death to dishonour, committed 'Jauhar' (self immolation) along with the other ladies of her court.
The Victory Tower, 37 metres high, is an imposing structure of nine storeys. With sculptures of a secular nature on the exterior, it was built by Maharaja Kumbha in commemoration of his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440 AD.
Today, remains speak of its former importance, yet in the hearts and minds of its people the tales of glory are as much alive as they were then.
The nearest airport is Udaipur,
at a distance of 98 kms.
It is well connected by rail and road.
Accommodation is available in palaces, havelies, other heritage properties, Paying Guest Scheme and other budget hotels.