The story of Chittaurgarh in the north Indian state of Rajasthan is a saga of valour, tenacity and sacrifice. Chittaurgarh (also spelled Chittorgarh) is a treasure trove of history and offers to the traveller an insight into the life of the Great Rajput rulers, who laid down their lives fighting a superior enemy instead of leading a life of submission under them. The hilltop fortress of Chittaurgarh echoes the romantic, doomed ideal of Rajput chivalry. Today, the Chittaurgarh Fort is a abandoned, peaceful ruin standing on a 280-ha area atop a 180m hill bulging abruptly from the surrounding plain region. This historic monument to heroism is a fine example of the Rajput style of architecture.
The Fort, Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower), Gaumukh Reservoir, Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame), Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Government Museum, Jaimal and Patta Palaces, Gardens and Parks, Meerabal Temple
How to Reach Chittaurgarh :
» Air – The nearest airport, 90 km from the Dabok airport in Udaipur.
» Rail – Chittorgarh is well connected by rail. These are the best services – Chetak Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla Chittorgarh-Udaipur); (Kota Chittaurgarh-Nimach); 9769 Express (Khandawa-Chittaurgarh-Ajmer).
» Road – Bus services operate to several important destinations like Delhi (583 km), Mount Abu (297 km), Jaipur (325 km), Indore (325 km) and Ajmer (185 km).
Jaipur, the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh. The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur was painted pink to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities – and repainted in 1876, during the visit of the Prince of Wales.
The city of world renowned forts and palaces, Jaipur is hunted by the tourists for its awesome Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, City Palace, etc., the places which will leave you spellbind. Jaipur is best explored on foot and the adventurous visitor willing to go into the inner lanes can discover a whole new world not visible to the tourist-in-a-rush.
Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
How to Reach Jaipur :
Jaipur is barely 262 kilometers from New Delhi, and is well connected by road, rail and air to all the parts of India. Jaipur also owns am international airport, which connects it to several parts of the world.
The name Jaisalmer brings to mind a vivid picture of complete magic and brilliance of the desert. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the distant location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside world, even during the days of the Raj. Given the name of Golden City, Jaisalmer is the city which reminds you of the classic Arabian Night stories. Very few cities can boast of the magnificence that surrounds Jaisalmer. One of the main attractions in Jaisalmer is the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, known as the Golden Fort for its amber hue. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city, Jailsalmer. And, of course, the romantic sand dunes, which are best explored by way of a camel safari.
Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, Jain Temples, Lodurva, Gadsisar Lake, Sam Dunes.
How to Reach Jaisalmer :
» Air – Jodhpur is the nearest air station for the tourists to Jaisalmer.
» Train – Trains from Jaisalmer are available up to Jodhpur. From Jodhpur one can get a railway connections to other destinations.
» Road – Located near the railway station is the main Roadways Bus stand. There are frequent buses moving to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Mount Abu, Udaipur and Delhi.