The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole romantic, doomed ideal of Rajput chivalry. Fort : All of Chittor's attractions are within the fort. A zigzag ascent of over one km. leads through seven gateways to the main gate on the western side,the Ram Pol. Within the fort there is a circular road and a deer park. Rana Kumbha Palace : It contains elephant and horse stables and a Siva temple. There is a treasury building or Nau Lakha Bhandar. Fateh Prakash Palace : It is just beyond the Rana Kumbha Palace. Tower of Victory : Hindu sculptures adorn the outside of the tower. There is the Sammidheshwar Temple. Gaumukh Reservoir : It is a deep tank and a spring feeds the tank from a carved cow's mouth. Padmini's Palace : It is built beside a large pool with a pavilion in its centre. There is a deer park, Bhimlat Tank, the Suraj Pol Gate and the Neelkanth Mahadev Jain Temple, before the Tower of Fame. Tower of Fame : Chittor's famous tower, the Kirti Stambha, or Tower of Fame is older. It is dedicated to Adinath, first Jain tirthankar. Other Buildings :The Meera Temple was built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the ornate Indo-Aryan style. The larger temple is the Kumbha Shyam Temple, or Temple of Vriji. There is also the Jain Singa Chowri Temple. Across from Padmini's Palace is the Kalika Mata Temple, an 8th-century Surya, or Sun God, Temple. At the northern tip of the fort is another gate, the Lokhota Bari.



GETTING THERE AND AWAY Chitor is on the main bus and rail routes. By road, it is 182 km from Ajmer and 112 km from Udaipur. It is possible to take an early bus from Udaipur to Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh also has rail links with Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, jaipur and Delhi. The new broad gauge line to Kota and Bundi would be convenient.

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