The surrounding plain gives rise to a 180m hill upon which sits the imposing Chittor Fort. Historically, this fort has faced imminent defeat three times, and every time its inhabitants decided to sacrifice their lives rather than fall into the hands of the enemy. Stories like this abound throughout Rajasthan, but it is in Chittorgarh where Rajput pride is most tangible.
As you take the snaky road up to the fort, you will reach the western entrance, Ram Pol (pol means gate). You will pass two memorials dedicated to Kalla and Jaimal who fought to the death at this very spot against Akbar in 1568. The eastern gate, Suraj Pol, is a must-visit because of its panoramic views of the surrounding plains.
While the Chittorgarh Fort is in ruins, there is a certain appeal in its dilapidation. Spread out over 240 hectares, this 7th century bastion encompasses over a hundred temples, a number of water tanks and palaces.