Chittaurgarh Fort

The magnificent Chittaurgarh Fort is beautifully located at an elevation of 591 ft (180 m) and over an area of 692 acres (280 ha). As the fort is sprawled over a huge area, it encompasses various gates and monuments. Presently, there are 22 water bodies out of 84, which are fed by rainwater or natural catchment. The altogether storage capacity is of about 4 billion liters. The water bodies here are in the form of step wells, wells, and ponds.There are seven gates (Pol – in local language) namely, Ram Pol (entry gate), Bhairon Pol, Ganesh Pol, Laxman Pol, Hanuman Pol, Padan Pol, and Jodla Pol. All these massive stone structured gates are constructed using secure fortification for the military. The doors also feature pointed arches to avoid entry of elephants and cannon shots in the fort.

There is a circular road in the fort that connects all the seven gates and ensures visit to the attractions within the fort. There are numerous ruined palaces and about 130 temples within the fort. Some of the must-visit attractions in the fort are Vijay Stambha (Victory Tower) or Jay Stamba, Kirti Stambha (Tower of Fame), Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Padmini’s Palace (Queen’s Palace), and Meera Temple.

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