Queen Padmini’s beauty was so striking that Ala-ud-din Khilji besieged Chittor Fort in the early 1300s in order to capture her. However, the queen committed jauhar (death before dishonour) in order to escape the clutches of the invading emperor. Bahadur Shah eyed Chittor Fort as a major conquest and invaded the fort successfully only to be met by 32,000 Rajput warriors and 13,000 women who took their own lives in order to escape imprisonment. The Mughal Emperor Akbar’s conquest was also foiled in the same manner.
It comes as no surprise that folk songs are filled with legends celebrating Chittor’s Rajputana pride and valour. Chittorgarh (Chittor) was once the capital of the Mewar kingdom. At present, Chittor is one of Rajasthan’s lesser visited city and is the perfect place to relax and understand Rajasthan’s rich Rajput heritage.
Chittor Fort is a massive bastion sprawling across 280 ha of land. If you’re still deciding on how to reach Chittorgarh, we’ve got you covered.
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