Chittorgarh is a major city in the north west Indian state Rajasthan . It lies on the banks of 2 rivers – Gambhiri and Berach , and is the administrative headquarters of Chittorgarh District of Rajasthan.
Chittorgarh has a rich heritage which is manifested in its ancient monuments, heritage buildings, places of cultural and religious importance and so on. Here are some of the top places to see in Chittorgarh -
- Chittor Fort (Chittorgarh Fort) – This is an ancient fort which is the landmark and biggest attraction of this city; it is also the largest fort in India and Asia.
- Rana Kumbha Palace
- Kirti Stambh (also known as Tower of Fame) – Located inside Chittorgarh Fort
- Padmini’s Palace
- Kalika Mata Temple – An 8th century Hindu temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga.
- Sanwariaji Temple – Another Hindu Temple.
- Government Archaeological Museum Chittorgarh
The major festivals celebrated in Chittorgarh are –
- Teej – A festival celebrated during July or August, with women keeping fast for their husbands and applying Henna on their hands.
- Holi – The festival of colours
- Gangaur – A festival celebrated in Rajasthan in the month of March or April each year, where married women and young girls participate majorly.
- Dussehra – This is a popular 10-day Hindu festival celebrated all across India – the 10th day is called Dussehra and the previous nine days are celebrated as Navaratri; the effigy of demon Raavana is burnt on the day to Dussehra (symbolizing the destruction of evil).
- Diwali – Festival of lights, celebrated in October or November each year.
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs, the best things to buy from – Chittorgarh are traditional handicraft items, local dress materials and furnishings, Camel leather products, wooden artefacts, fancy jewellery (esp bangles), paintings and dupattas (a traditional shawl worn by women). Some of the best shopping spots to check out in Chittorgarh are –
- Sadar Bazaar
- Gandhi Chowk
- Rana Sanga Market
- New Cloth Market
- Fort Road Market
- Station Circle
- Chand Mall
- Rishabh Shopping Complex
- City Centre
- Vividha Shopping Complex
- Shubham - The Mall
Rajasthani cuisine is predominant is Chittorgarh. Some of the popular dishes to try here are –
- Lal Maas – A classic dish of Rajasthan; with richness from local spices, this lamb curry is served with millet bread (roti).
- Ghevar – A round shaped flaky sweet made of flour, sugar, milk and lots of ghee.
- Gajak – A sweet item, made with peanuts, sesame and jaggery.
- Gatte ki Kadhi – Chickpea flour dumplings in a spicy gravy.
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Chittorgarh to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals –
- Gangour Restaurant
- Jai Chittor Restaurant
- Ritu Raj Vatika
- South Pole Restaurant
- The King of Gulab Jamun Restaurant
- Manuhar Dinning Hall
- Mugs4Bucks Chittorgarh
- Hotel RR
- Rajasthan Restaurant
- Nakoda Restaurant
Some of the best hotels in Chittorgarh for a comfortable stay include the following –
- Hotel Amrit Manthan
- Hotel Castle Bijaipur
- Roop Shree Hotel
- Castle Narela Lake Resort
- Hotel The Padmavati Fort View
- Aravalli Hill Resort Chittorgarh
- Kukda Resort
- Hotel Fortune Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh also has a few bars and pubs for people to hang out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include -
- Zero Degree Restro & Lounge
- Hotel Meera Bar
- Club 69
- Imperial Club
Chittorgarh STD Code – 01472 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered)
Common emergency numbers:
- Police – 100
- Fire – 101
- Women Helpline – 1090, 1091
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Gas Leakage – 1906
- Railway Enquiry – 139
Hindi is the official language of Chittorgarh but languages like English, Mewari, Rajasthani are spoken as well.
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad