Chittorgarh Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023

Chittorgarh city is located in the southern part of Rajasthan on the Berach River. It is about 112 km from Udaipur and 182 km from Ajmer. The city of Chittorgarh once served as the capital city of the Sisodia clan the Mewar Rajputs. Now it is the administrative city of the Chittorgarh District. The city is famous for its tourism, culture and heritage values.

Chittorgarh is a beautiful holiday destination and has some of the most fascinating attractions. The city is a treasure trove of rich tales of valor and bravery, wars, victories and defeats and all these have made a significant imprint on the landscape of this wonderful place.

The Chittorgarh Fort is the most prominent attraction of this city. Within the Fort there are several palaces, towers, temples, lakes and ponds. The city also has great wildlife sanctuaries such as the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary. The city of Chittorgarh is scattered with several ancient temples such as the  Kali Mata Temple, Sathis Deori Temple, Sawariyaji Temple and lots more.

Chittorgarh also has many great things to keep you busy throughout your trip. Enjoy exploring the various alleyways in the city looking for great bargains in locally made products. One can also explore the caves in Menal or explore the various ancient temples, palaces and ruins that showcase the rich history of the city. Watch the traditional local dance and music performances that are famous the world over or indulge in a jeep safari and explore the outskirts of the city.

Chittorgarh has a dry and parched climate and the summer starts from April while staying till July. The temperature during this time is really hot. The monsoon in Chittorgarh is very less and ranges between 60 to 80 cm only. The winter season arrives in October and lasts till February. This is when the weather is most pleasant during the day and gets colder at night, thus making it the best time to visit Chittorgarh.

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Chittorgarh?

    1. Chittorgarh Fort: The Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and a visit to Chittorgarh city is incomplete without a visit to this fort. This Fort is also famous as the Water Fort of Chittorgarh as it has over 84 different water bodies scattered all over the Fort. Standing on a hilltop and covering 700 acres of land, this imposing structure houses several other attractions of Chittorgarh City.

    Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001.
    Entry Fee: INR 10 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.
    Timing: From 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

    2. Padmini Palace: Located within the Chittorgarh Fort, Padmini Palace is a historical monument and this is where Queen Padmini lived after her marriage with Rawal Ratan Singh.

    The Palace stands as a symbol of the great sacrifice Rani Padmini made when the Fort was attacked by the Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khilji. The Palace itself is a white three-storeyed building with simple architecture and surrounded by a water body popularly known as the Lotus Pool.

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001.
    Entry Fee: Only the entry fee of the Fort is required to be paid.
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.

    3. Gaumukh Kund: Gaumukh Kund is also known as the Tirth Raj of Chittorgarh because this is where most pilgrims visit at the end of their return journey. The place got its name from the mouth-shaped point at the end from where the water flows. Gaumukh Kund is located on the western part of the Chittorgarh Fort and there are lots of fishes in the water which are regularly fed by the visitors.

    Location: Gaumukh Kund, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001.
    Entry Fee: Only entry fee to the Chittorgarh Fort is required.
    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm.

    4. Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary: Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense forest of thick deciduous trees such as Rudraksha, Gulmohar, Sindoor, Bamboo, Bel, etc. There is also quite a large number of medicinal herbs found in the region out of which 17 are endangered species.

    There are several rivers that flow through this sanctuary ensuring a good water supply for the flora and fauna in the forest. There are a number of wild animals, reptiles and birds that can be found in this forest. The sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise with birds like egrets, herons, black-winged stilt, cotton teal etc making this sanctuary their home.

    Location: Pratapgarh, Rajasthan.
    Entry Fee: INR 10 for Indian adults, INR 2 for Indian students and INR 80 for foreign nationals.
    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm.

    5. Fateh Prakash Palace: The Fateh Prakash Palace In Chittorgarh built by Maharana Fateh Singh, showcases the best part of the Rajput architecture. The engravings on the pillars and corridors are some of the finest examples of the art of that era. Part of the Palace has been converted into a museum and it is open to the public. The main attractions in the Palace are the collection of weapons of war, ancient stone statues and woodcrafts, collection of crystal artefacts, antique furniture and lots more.

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.
    Entry Fee: INR 10 for Adults; INR 5 for children below 12 years; INR 50 for foreign nationals.
    Timings: 10 am to 4:30 pm.

    6. Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary: Located just 5 km away from Bassi Fort Palace, the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary covers a massive area of over 150 square km. The Sanctuary is home to several wild animals such as cheetah, jackals, hyenas, four-horned antelopes, wild boar, langurs, etc.  Birds such as peacocks, hawks, eagles, whistling ducks, etc have also made this sanctuary their home.

    Locations: Bassi, Rajasthan 312022.
    Entry Fees: INR 10 for Indians INR 80 for foreign nationals.
    Timings: 6:30 am to 5: 00 pm.

    7. Vijay Stambh: Vijay Stambh is located within the walls of the Chittorgarh Fort and it was built by Rana Kumbha to signify his victory over the Sultan of Mewar. The tower is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it has several intricately carved sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well as beautiful engravings on the pillars and arches. There are nine floors in the Vijay Stambh and each comes with its own balcony which faces outwards.

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001.
    Entry Fees: None. Entry fees only required for Chittorgarh Fort.
    Timings: 8 am to 6 pm.

    8. Ratan Singh Palace: Ratan Singh Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Chittorgarh for its architectural splendour and historical significance. Although most parts of the Palace are in ruins it still retains its regal stature.

    The major attraction of the Palace is its east-facing entrance which has a gigantic archway with an ornate canopy on top. The upper levels on the eastern side have beautiful jharokhas and balconies that still have its charm and beauty intact.

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001.

    9. Sanwariyaji Temple: The Sanwariyaji Temples are dedicated to the Dark Krishna and it is located along the Chittorgarh to Udaipur Highway. The magnificent temple complex is built in unique pink sandstone and it is resplendent with beautiful artworks, engravings, paintings and inscriptions. The deity is made of black stone and is also known as Shri Sanwariaji Seth and it holds great significance for traders and merchants.

    Location: Bhadsora Village, Dist, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024.
    Timings: 5:00 am  - 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm.
  2. What are the best things to do in Chittorgarh?

    1. Go animal spotting at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary: Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife such as Panther, spotted Deer, Jackals, Crocodiles, Civet, Hyena, Porcupine, Blue Bull, Wild Boar and several others.

    The wildlife sanctuary is a great place to practice wildlife photography or go bird watching. Jeep safaris are available for tourists. These safaris are arranged by the forest department and an official guide is appointed for the tour. The Bassi and Orai Dams are also points of interest that tourists can visit.

    2. Shop in the local markets of Chittorgarh: 
    Chittorgarh has several alleys with lines of shops that sell almost anything and everything you could think of. Some of the best buys from the local markets of Chittorgarh include handicrafts, camel leather products, colorful bangles, miniature paintings, wooden antiques, colorful dupattas and lots more. Some of the famous markets are Sadar Bazaar, Fort Road Market and Rana Sanga Market.

    3. Explore caves: 
    About 85 km from Chittorgarh city centre is the ancient town of Menal. Menal has several caves of ancient temples and Buddhist religious sites. The Cave temples in Menal are dated back to the Gupta period between 4th to 6th centuries AD.

    4. Watch the Light and Sound show in Chittorgarh Fort: 
    The Chittorgarh Fort Light and Sound Show is the latest attraction in Chittorgarh. It relates the story of King Chitrangada when he was searching for a place to declare his capital.

    When he reached Chittorgarh, he found it to be the safest place for his capital. The show also relates the stories of some of the bravest rulers of Chittorgarh and other important historical events. The show is both in English and in Hindi.

    5. Stay at a luxurious Palace: 
    Take your luxury holiday to the next level by staying at a luxurious palace which has been converted into a hotel. There are many such hotels in Chittorgarh and some of the famous ones are juSTa Lake, Nahargarh Palace, Bassi Fort Palace, Castle Bijaipur and Fort Begu.

    6. Take part in local festivals: 
    Chittorgarh has many fairs and festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor by the locals and tourists visit during these festivals to watch the colorful festivals and be part of them. Some of the most famous festivals of Chittorgarh are Jauhar Mela, Rang Teras, Gangaur, Meera Mahotsav and Maharana Pratap Singh Jayanti.

    7. Stay at a tent resort: 
    Indulge in an adventurous stay in the city of forts by booking a tent resort. Enjoy your stay in luxurious Swiss tents that come fully equipped with attached baths and excellent surroundings. Some of the best tent resorts include Padmavati Lake Resort, Pangarh Lake Retreat and many others.

    8. Try out the local food in Chittorgarh: 
    Chittorgarh is famous for its traditional Rajasthani cuisines and the streets are filled with vendors selling some of the best selection of mouth watering street food such as dal baati churma, kachori, samosa, jalebis, badam halwa, mawa kachori, poha, puri sabzi, etc.
  3. How to reach Chittorgarh?

    - By Air: The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is Dabok Airport in Udaipur at 70 km. From Udaipur there are private taxis and buses available for Chittorgarh which pyl on hourly basis.

    - By Rail: Chittorgarh railway station is directly connected to various Indian cities including Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi and Kota.

    - By Road: The Golden Quadrilateral Road Project and North-South-East-West corridor expressways passes right through Chittorgarh City. There are good bus services, private as well as state, are available for Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kota, Udaipur and other major cities.
  4. What is the best time to visit Chittorgarh?

    The months between October to March are the best time to visit Chittorgarh. The temperature during this time is pleasant and it gets quite cold at night. This is the best time to explore all the major attractions of the city of Chittorgarh.
  5. Is Chittorgarh safe?

    Chittorgarh is a relatively safe place for anyone to travel and visit the attractions. There are lots of tourists here and the people are friendly and helpful. But it is important to keep a few things in mind while travelling to a new place. Ensure you do not venture out too late alone.
  6. Which is better, Kumbhalgarh or Chittorgarh?

    From a historical and architectural point of view Kumbhalgarh is better because of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The perimeter wall of the Fort is 36 km long making it  the longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh also has many ancient palaces like Badal Mahal and ancient temples like the Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple.

    Among the Forts, Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort and has major significance in the history of the Mewars. Chittorgarh too has several renowned ancient temples like the Padmini Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, temples like the Kalika Mata Temple, Sathis Deori Temple, etc.

    In terms of tourism, both places deserve a visit at least once.
  7. What is Chittorgarh famous for?

    Chittorgarh is famous for the Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia, ancient palaces and ruins, glass bangles, camel leather footwear and accessories, colorful dupattas, miniature paintings and amazing landscapes.
  8. How many days are enough for Chittorgarh?

    Most of Chittorgarh can be covered in one day if you are pressed for time. But it would enhance the trip if you get to stay in Chittorgarh especially  the tent resorts within the Chittorgarh Fort itself. Ideally 2 days are enough for Chittorgarh.

    This way you get to explore the whole of Chittorgarh Fort complex, the wildlife sanctuaries such as Bassi Wildlife Sanctuaries, ancient temples like Kalika Mata Temple, Sanwariyaji Temple and palaces like the Ratan Singh Palace.
  9. How much does a package cost for Chittorgarh?

    Chittorgarh tour packages start from INR 3600 for a 2 nights stay. These packages include hotel stay and sightseeing tours. Some packages also add complimentary breakfasts as well. The cost of the package for Chittorgarh would depend on the facilities and activities chosen and the number of days you are spending here.
  10. How much time is required to visit Chittorgarh fort?

    Exploring Chittorgarh Fort would ideally take 2 to 3 hours. Chittorgarh Fort has several palaces, temples, water bodies, towers and other structures that are partially in ruins. Some of the famous attractions within the Fort are Rana Kumbha Palace, Rani Padmini Palace, Gaumukh Kund, Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, etc.
  11. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Chittorgarh?

    Commuting around Chittorgarh is quite convenient as there are plenty of auto-rickshaws and local taxis plying around. If you are staying in a hotel you can also book a taxi from the hotel itself to explore the attractions around the city.
  12. Which are famous historic sites in Chittorgarh?

    1. Kirti Stambh: Kirti Stambh is a tall tower built within the walls of the Chittorgarh Fort. It was constructed in the 12th century by a Jain merchant Jijaji Rathod and it is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of the Digambara sect of Jainism, Sri Adinath. Figures of the Tirthankaras are intricately carved on the tower. The tower also has lattice arches as well as balconies and an observation hall on the top.

    2. Chittorgarh Fort: 
    Spread across 700 acres, Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most imposing forts in the country and it is famous as the ‘Pride of Rajasthan”. The Fort has many palaces, water bodies, temples and towers within its walls. Some of the famous palaces in Chittor Fort are Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbh Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace and others.

    3. Mandalgarh Fort: 
    Mandalgarh Fort is 54 km away from the city of Chittorgarh and it is one of the most beautiful forts in the region. The Fort is built on a hilltop and is believed to have been built by Rana Kumbha. There are several ancient temples inside the fort as well as palaces.

    4. Rana Kumbh Palace: 
    Rana Kumbha Palace is located within Chittorgarh Fort near the Vijay Stambh. The palace, though in ruins, still retains its former grandeur. There are still remnants of the Temple of Lord Shiva, the Janana Mahal, Diwan-e-aam and a stable. The palace was also once the home of the famous poetess Meera Bai.
  13. Which are the best resorts in Chittorgarh?

    1. jüSTa Lake Nahargarh Palace: This magnificent palatial hotel is set right in the middle of a private lake and features colorful rooms with elegant traditional interiors. The rooms offer garden or pool views and have free wifi, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, etc. The resort offers 24/7 room service and complimentary breakfasts in the morning. The property also has a spa, an infinity pool, a game room and a gym.

    2. Kundan Leela Resort, Chittorgarh: 
    Kundan Leela Resort in Chittorgarh offers well appointed air-conditioned rooms with a seating area and flat screens TVs. The resort has a beautifully manicured garden and a playground for kids. The property also has an in-house restaurant, room service, a 24-hour front desk and complimentary breakfast.

    3. Castle Narela Lake Resort: 
    This is one of the best heritage resorts in  Chittorgarh featuring comfortable and elegant rooms with opulent interiors. Guests can also pitch a tent and enjoy a campfire. The property has a swimming pool, a spacious banquet hall, a multi-cuisine restaurant, kid’s play zone and a garden.

    4. Castle Bijaipur: 
    The resort is a converted 16th century castle and features a harmonious blend between nature, history and hospitality. The resort has free wifi, an outdoor pool, air conditioned rooms, room service, an in-house restaurant, bar and a wellness spa. The resort also offers a range of activities such as jeep safari, angling, trekking, cooking classes, etc.
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