Historical tour of Chittorgarh


The thing with history nerds is that you tend to read the same story and visit the same place again and again and never get bored with it. I have read and wrote so much about the grand history of Udaipur and Chittorgarh that I can start imagining myself as belonging to this particular dynasty in another time. Maybe I was, who knows, although I am not sure I believe in multiple births or past life.

What I do believe in and absolutely love doing is visiting historical ruins and learning more about the myths and legends that make up the place. This was probably the 5th time I was visiting Chittorgarh, the former capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. Now it is Udaipur. Chittorgarh is famous for its fort, a ‘living’ fort which is still home to around 20,000 people. The majestic fort has been under siege thrice in the history of Rajasthan and still stands strong and fiercely beautiful. The fort has rightly so attained the status of heroism and Rajput pride. It is located on a 2 hour drive from Udaipur, which is the nearest airport. If you’re visiting Udaipur, it is absolutely imperative that you visit Chittorgarh which is where you’ll find the origins of Udaipur.

Be sure to stay for the Light and Sound Show that takes place every evening. It is one of the best shows I have seen and the show perfectly summarizes the magnificent history of the region. You can read more about the show here.

 

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