Chittaugarh (or Chittorgarh) a small town in the state of Rajasthan embodies romance and chivalry of the Rajputs. Of all the former Rajput capitals, Chittorgarh was the strongest bastion of Hindu resistance against the Muslim invaders.
The stories told of the ruined Fort Chittor evoke awe and respect to this day. The fort fell more than once and each time the inhabitants fought literally to the last man and the women committed mass immolation, to escape the ignominy of capture. The most famous instance, which is now a part of folklore, occurred in 1303 when the legendary Rajput beauty, Rani Padmini committed self-immolation with thousands of womenfolk to escape dishonour at the hands of the soldiers of Allaudin Khilji, Sultan of Delhi.
In 1535, Bahadur Shah, the sultan of Gujarat besieged the fort and once again the medieval dictates of chivalry determined the outcome. It is said that 13,000 Rajput women and 32,000 Rajput warriors died following the declaration of jauhaur – the ritual mass suicide by immolation. Honour was always more important than death itself. Chittorgarh stands today as a symbol of Rajput courage and pride.
The fort, a symbol of Chittaugarh’s stoicism is today a virtual ruin, though impressive reminders of its one-time grandeur are apparent including the Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakesh Palace, Tower of Victory, Gaumukh Reservoir, Padmini’s Palace, the Tower of Fame and various temples including Meera Temple and Kalika Mata Temple.
If you are planning a Chittaugarh holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Chittaugarh Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Chittaugarh.