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Review of Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittaurgarh Fort
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$60.00*
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Day Trip to Chittorgarh from Udaipur
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 1, 2013

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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Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Did a day trip from Udaipur. It is about a 2 hour drive on a pretty good road. Try to leave early in the morning to avoid the harsh sun, particularly in the hotter months from March to October. Hire a licensed guide. It cost me Rs600 including tip. The guide will take you on a logical tour and they know where restrooms and refreshments are. I started going through the Ram Pol Gate at Vijay Stambh, the Victory Tower. Worked my way around in a circuit ending at the same place. There is too much to describe. Highly recommend photo ops at the Eastern Gate or Suraj Pol. Walk down and shoot shots from the viewpoint of somebody approaching the Gate. I didn't have lunch there, ask your hotel to pack something if a lunch is important. The interior of the Fort contains an entire village so the garbage and waste detract from the 13 sq km inside. That is India, a burgeoning growing population.

6  Thank NevG
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Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Plan on this being a half to two thirds of the day from Udaipur if you leave by 8am. Good all weather road to Chittaur. Make sure that you hire a Govt. licensed guide. Do not advise walking, use an auto rickshaw or car. The Fort covers 13 sq Kms. Start on the west end and complete the circuit there. It is called the Ram Pol gate. Plenty of refreshments in the complex. Since it is inhabited, don't be put off by the trash. The views and history of Asia's largest fort are worth it. The guide can show you restrooms. Make a point of visiting Kirti and Vijay Stambh. Use Rough Guides India to mark points of interest. The guide can fill in details. It can get hot so make sure that you have a head cover, sunscreen and hydration.

4  Thank NevG
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Amazing views, stunned by the history - still can't believe how many people lost there lives on this hill by either fighting the enemy at the door or committing suicide by jumping into a pyre (women and children). Get a tour guide at the entrance where you pay your fee!

2  Thank Tanja K
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The sound and light show was a unique experience to see beautiful monuments lit up at night. It covered history right from Padmini's Jauhar, Rana Sanga, Meera bai, Panna dhai's sacrifice.
The organizers of the show were very helpful, honest and welcoming: as they rightly said, "Atithi devo Bhav" is the motto.

3  Thank Deepika R
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