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Anuj Gupta

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13 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Discovering Mewar - Part 1

Never miss a chance to travel. Travel when you can, where you can

Plan was to visit Kashmir and stay there for a week and witness the mind boggling views. But weather got bad and because of which expenses (since it was suppose to be a budget trip) and the probability of getting stuck in snow and seeing nothing both increased, The Kashmir plan got canned and the Mewar Plan came to existence. Frankly, speaking I now feel happy that such a thing happened.

DAY 1: Got up early in the morning to catch a train to Bhilwara (my friends home town and our meeting point). It departed at 6. 45 am (late by 10-15 min. ) and reached Bhilwara by 10. 45 am. There are other trains as well and bus journey option is also available, but what I feel is that make most of the day when travelling, that is why I choose the morning train (09721 train number).

My friend was there to receive me at the station and told me that we will be leaving after having lunch, which sounded fair to me. It was 12. 30pm when we left for Chittorgarh. It is an hour drive from Bhilwara. Make sure you keep checking the milestones because many times it happens that we miss a turn and cost is in terms of extra kilometres to be driven and the time lost. For Chittorgarh you have to take a left towards Kapasan Road from NH 79(after travelling 50 kms approx. On NH 79, you will see the turn). Rest of the way is straight without any glitches.

The very first distant view of the Fort and all the memories came back to life (since I visited the fort many years back), made me wonder how much thing have changed. There are seven gates which are to be crossed in order to reach the fort and all those gates are pretty small; as in only one car can pass at a time, so if you let the car coming from the opposite side pass then you might have to wait for sometime since the other cars behind that might also pass. So make sure you drive edge to edge in order to save time. Make sure you reach early, otherwise you will witness a lot of traffic which will take a lot of time to clear. We experienced it since we reached the first gate by 2 in the afternoon. You can also walk your way up the fort a proper path is made for the same.

After passing through all the gates, it was to witness the majestic Chittorgarh Fort. It is built on top a hill with well walls around it. There are many places inside the fort which are to be seen. They are as follows:
1. Vijay Stambh
2. Kirti Stambh
3. Museum
4. Padmini Palace
5. Kalika Mata Temple (surprisingly, liquor is among one of the offerings)
6. Bhem Kund
7. Gaumukh Reservoir (when you enter cross the first gate there is a place on your right which was suppose to be the place where Rani Padmini used to come for taking bath. Water is coming down to that point from the reservoir. Although now that place is filled with garbage. )
8. The picturesque view of the valley (from back side where kirti stambh is situated) and the city from the fort.
9. There are other temples in the fort area as well which you can see.

I felt nostalgic for a place which was long gone before came to existence. I felt as bit sad, since the fort is not properly maintained. Make sure you keep all your things specially food items in you bag, since there are a lot of monkeys who are just waiting to find such things loose. We came down from the fort by 5. 30 in the evening and started for Udaipur. To my surprise, there is a branch of dominos in Chittorgarh. We treated ourselves with a pizza, garlic bread and a choco lava cake. After this, we stopped at Sharma Dhabba which is to the right of mangalwar choraya and also in way of Udaipur. We had dal batti there which was very satisfying, even the prices were reasonable (as told, its dal batti is pretty famous).

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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1851 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Land of devotion and strength!

Chittorgarh is situated at an average elevation of 394 metres (1292 ft) in the Southern part of Rajsthan or it may be understood that North Western part of India, just beside a high hill and close to the River Gambheri and Berach. This Place is also known as the land of devotion and strength. It is situated on National Highways No. 76 & 79, which are four lane modern highways, providing a great connectivity with rest of the Country. For Road Transport Rajsthan Road Transport is providing extremely admirable services by Modern Luxury Buses. The Chhittor Garh Rail junction is the busiest junction of Western Railways, connecting to all major cities of North-Western and even Southern cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Nagpur, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Kota etc. And the nearest Airport is Udaipur. Present Chhittor is consisted by 47 wards and progressing at very fast pace Municipal Corporation is playing a great role. Chhittor is contributing to the Nation a great support by its Cement Production as about 12 major cement producing companies are existing including Ultra-Tech, Lafarge, Birla, JK, Wonder and few others. It also houses the Nation's largest Zinc Plant of Hindustan Zinc Limited at Chanderiya, this Smelting plant of Zinc-Lead is considered to be the world's largest plant. It is a great Power producer by its Hydro-Power Plant situated at Maha Rana Pratap Sagar Dam and Rajsthan Atomic Power Station both are situated at Rawatbhata. Chhittorgarh City is incomplete without the Chittorgarh Fort, which is the largest in Nation and passed through many painful and severe incidents. Chittorgarh is the symbole of Chattari Rajput vanity, affection and life, for people of Chittor always chose death before surrendering against anyone. It resound with history of heroism and sacrifice that is evident from the tales still sung by the wandering minstrel of Rajasthan. Though it can now be called a ruined citadel there is much more to this huge fort. It is a symbol of all that was brave, true and noble in the glorious Rajput tradition. Significant devotion of Meera Bai a legend poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna, Great Sacrifice by Panna a Gurjer maid who saved Prince Udai Singh so Gambheri River Bridge is On her name a tribute, and the great legendary Maha Rana Pratap who was the first freedom fighter of the nation, was born on 09 May 1540 and his father Maha Rana Udai Singh II and mother Rani Jeevant Kanwar at Kumbhalgarh Fort. It has got its name by Chitrangda Mori, and later his kingdom slipped into the hands of Bappa Rawal and he got married to Solanki Princess and It has become the capital of Mewar in 734, after that date his descendants ruled the Mewar. And Chhitorgarh Fort has many mysterious monuments, temples, Palaces, museum etc

This historical city faced three wars and witnessed three awful Jauhar a ritual form of mass suicide by immolation, practised by Rajput women to escape dishonour at the hands of their enemies. First by Rani Padmini, Queen Mother Rani Jawaharbai who lost her life in battle field and Jauhar was performed in the fort and the third one by Rani Karnawati in 1568, and after this ultimate sacrifice for freedom, Chhittorgarh was abandoned and the Sisodiya Dynasty moved to Udaipur. Theses battles were led by Ala Ud-Din Khilji in 1303, in 1535 by Gujrat Sultan Bahadur Shah and the third one by Emperor Akbar, in 1567-68.

Chhittorgarh is celebrating many festivals, where one may find the cultural heritage in the form of various dances, and songs. Maha Rana Pratap Jayanti every year on 3rd day of Jyestha Shukla phase, Meera Mahotsav every year on Sharad Purnima day, Teej which is festival swings is celebrated every year in the monsoon month of Shravan, Gangaur is celebrated by womenfolk in the month of Jul-Aug the most important local festival and very colourful festival, Juhar Mela and Rang Teras a popular Tribal fest of Mewar.

It has many renown school like Sainik School, Kendra Vidyalay, Hindustan Zinc, Aditya Birla, St. Paul etc and has many colleges for higher education like Maharana Pratap Government Post-Graduate College, College of Management and Social Studies, Government Girls College, Mewar Girls Institute of Tech College, Vision School of Management, etc.

It has got many Hotels and beautiful Restaurants, mainly Meera Mahal, Shivam, Nandan, Chetak, Natraj, Vishal, Bhagwati, Panna Of RTDC etc and Choki Dhani, Asheerwad, Kamal, Nandan Plaza, Kirti etc. The food and Hospitality of Asheerwad was excellent. This city serves tasty street food at Sattiyon Ka Chowk, Maha Rana Sanga Bazaar, and at Nehru Bazaar I liked Pakwan, and Boiled corn. Nehru Bazaar and Maha Rana Sanga Bazaar are the best place for shopping, as I bought a beautiful Shawl and Woollen Cloths.

This is a place where one may come across the spiritual, ritual and tragic history the valour. Chhittorgarh's ruined palaces, temples and towers bear witness to its illustrious and turbulent past, when it was the capital of Sisodia ruler of Mewar, between the 12th and 16th centuries.

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  • Land of devotion and strength!
  • Land of devotion and strength!
  • Land of devotion and strength!
  • Land of devotion and strength!

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