The Chittaurgarh Fort is an amazing piece of architecture in itself. The history associated with it, the folklore and stories associated with it make it fascinating. Do hire a guide (finding which is not tough) to take you around, otherwise just moving about it without understanding the significance of each spot is a waste of time.As expected, the place is dirty to put mildly. The walls have been vandalised and written upon. You will find a hoard of beggars and little kids trying to sell you postcards with doodling done on them and a lot of photographers coaxing you to put on a dress and sit on the horses, which are very handsome by the way.
As you enter the fort, you see houses of people who have been living here since ages, as their forefathers used to work with royalty, but that makes the place even dirtier. Despite all that the history of the place is undoubtedly rich and amazing, as is the architecture; the guides seem to be knowledgeable and the monkeys close to the victory tower is a sight I enjoyed a lot. The place can be easily covered with your vehicle and one must do that, especially during the brutal summer season. In short the place is a must visit for anybody who enjoys visiting historical sites and ancient architecture. The stories of Meera, Padmini and the kings is fascinating.
At the end of the tour the guide takes you to a handicraft shop that sells sarees (the kind Padmini used to wear) and quilts (with medicinal qualities), this trip is unnecessary and a way to make tourists buy things. Overall a pleasant experience. The site of a zillion handcarts selling things and kids asking you to buy stuff is the only, if predictable, letdown.
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