Famed for the history of bravery and courage, Chittorgarh city is the true face of the glorious Rajput clan. The historical city is located on the banks of the river Gambhir and Berach. Its enriching history dates back around the time of the 13th century when the city was attacked by Allaudin Khalji. During that time, the disturbing practice of self-immolation or Jauhar took place for the first time.
First to commit Jauhar were Rani Padmini and Karnavati after losing from the enemy. Rulers of Chittorgarh again proved their heroism in the future wars against the Mughals. The stories of their valour and sacrifice can be realized by the numerous structures built in the city. Most prominent among them is the Chittorgarh fort. On your tour to Chittorgarh, you will witness the magnificent forts including the Chittorgarh Fort, which was featured in the famous Bollywood movie, Padmaavat. So, embark on a fun trip to Chittorgarh and explore the exquisite places including heritage buildings, ancient monuments, and places of cultural and religious significance.
There are some amazing religious places like Kalika Mata Temple and Jain Temples, that exhibit marvellous architecture and the faith of the ancestors who lived here. So, if you want to know more about Chittorgarh, how to reach it, the best time to visit, where to eat and stay, and some useful travel tips, here is our comprehensively curated Chittorgarh travel guide.
Why visit Chittorgarh?
If you love architecture, ancient forts, temples, and history, then Chittorgarh is the perfect place for you. The attractions of this city will take you back to the bygone era and tell you tales of bravery and valour. Visit places like Rani Padmini’s Palace and others to see the era of kings and queens lifestyle.
If you are a foodie, then a Rajasthani Thali is a must for you. Dal baati churma, laal maas, and some sweets will make your trip more enjoyable. So, keep reading to know more about Chittorgarh.
How to reach Chittorgarh
If you are travelling by air, then take a flight to Dabok Airport. It is also called Maharana Pratap Airport and is located approx. 90 km from Chittorgarh. By railways, get off at Chittorgarh railway station located on the bank of River Gambheri. It is located in various cities like Kota, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, and the capital, Delhi. A train journey can be enhanced by choosing Palace on Wheels, a luxury train for a lifetime experience. Chittorgarh has a great network of roads and is connected to Jaipur, Delhi, Indore, and Ajmer. You can take buses that run on these routes.
How to get around Chittorgarh
Inter-city buses are the most convenient way of travelling within Chittorgarh city. You can also take auto rickshaws and taxis to travel to popular attractions and places around Chittorgarh. A bike and bicycle can also be hired or a car can also be rented to explore the most sought after tourist spots in Chittorgarh on your own.
Best time to visit Chittorgarh
Summer in Chittorgarh is extremely hot with temperature ranging from 23°C to 43°C. The weather can be so hot that it will make you uncomfortable to step out especially during the daytime. The best time to visit Chittorgarh is winter. During this time, the temperature hovers from 5°C to 30°C keeping it extremely pleasant and also chilling and you can explore the attractions with ease. Last but not least, the monsoon season begins in July and ends in September. You can visit during this time if you want to avoid the chilly and intense heat.
Places to visit in Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is a famous tourist destination in Rajasthan and lures many tourists every year because of its magnificence. From ancient monuments, heritage buildings to places of cultural and religious importance and more, there are a lot of places to visit in Chittorgarh. So to have the best sightseeing tour, here are a few tourist places to see in Chittorgarh -
- Chittorgarh Fort
- Rana Kumbha Palace
- Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)
- Victory Tower (Vijay Stambh)
- Padmini’s Palace
- Fateh Prakash Palace
- Kalika Mata Temple
- Sanwariyaji Temple
- Sathis Deori Temple
- Ratan Singh Palace
Things to do in Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is a stunning city and offers plenty of opportunities to tourists. If you like to explore the ancient heritage buildings, explore the grand forts and savour the authentic Rajasthani food, then you are in for a treat. Here are some of the most fun and exciting things to do in Chittorgarh for a memorable time -
- Birdwatching at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Stay at the luxury palace.
- Enjoy shopping in the alleys.
- Cave exploration.
- Enjoy the Sound and Light Show of Chittorgarh Fort.
- Take an oil treatment Of Avari Mata Temple.
- Witness panoramic views from Kirti Stambh.
How many days are enough to visit Chittorgarh?
2 days are enough to explore the best of Chittorgarh.
Average Chittorgarh Trip Cost
The average cost of travelling to Chittorgarh will be INR 10,000 to 12,000 per person. The cost of the trip depends on the flight or train tickets, the type of accommodation you choose, etc.
Accommodation in Chittorgarh
Being a popular destination to visit in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh has plenty of accommodation options. From luxurious ones to budget-friendly hotels and resorts, you can choose the place of stay as per your needs and budget. These accommodations offer all comfort and world-class facilities and services. Coming to Chittorgarh, you will never find any dearth of hotels. Here are some of the best accommodation options in Chittorgarh -
- Castle Narela Lake Resort
- Hotel Kumbha Retreat Spa
- Chittorgarh Fort Haveli
- Padmavati Lake Resort
- Rajasi Palace
Where to eat in Chittorgarh
Rajasthan is known for its mouth-watering delicacies and Chittorgarh is no less. It is the land of famous Rajasthani style cuisine and the restaurants here serve high style food. So, on your visit do not forget to savour the lip-smacking foods and taste the rich flavours that will burst in your mouth. Here are some top restaurants in Chittorgarh that you must visit for a delightful experience -
- Gangour Restaurant
- Manuhar Dining Hall
- South Pole Restaurant
- Jai Chittor Restaurant
- Vinayak Restaurant
Shopping in Chittorgarh
Going on a shopping spree in Chittorgarh is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the stunning bazaars and markets on your trip. So, for an amazing shopping experience, we have listed a few shopping places below from where you can shop for Camel leather products, wooden antiques, miniature paintings, colourful bangles, dupattas, and more. Here some places to shop in Chittorgarh -
- Sadar Bazaar
- Rana Sanga Market
Useful Tips for Chittorgarh Trip
- Respect the local culture.
- Avoid visiting during the summer season. It is extremely hot and dry.
- Your experience in Chittorgarh will also depend on the type of accommodation, so book wisely.
- Wear proper woollens in winter to keep yourself warm and avoid cold.
- Do not damage the properties including any fort, palace, or museum while on a tour.
- Do not wear revealing clothes, especially while visiting religious places.