Richard climbed this impressive tower. Its a long way up.
This 13th century tower commemorates victory in a battle. Inside the winding staircase is made up of short flights around a central core. Not all of them have windows., so it is quite dark in places. The two top levels have a viewing platform from which the whole fort can be seen. The views are spectacular.
The outside of the tower has ornate religious carvings on the walls.
Fondest memory: We met a group of lovely people who were on a tour of Rajasthan- they were so friendly , and bombarded us with questions about just about everything. Indian people love to chat, and find out about wesern culture too. Their smiling faces I captured in a picture.
Favorite thing: This tower was amazing!! The passageway to the top is so skinny that I barely fit into it! If you are big person over 6' tall you may have a hard time making it to the top! I met people in the passageway as I was going up and down we had to coordinate so we would pass each other at the windows. One person would have to squeeze into the window while the other passed! I just loved the physical beauty of the tower! There are some great views to be had from the upper levels!
Favorite thing: I saw alot of Rheses Monkeys hanging out on the walls of the fort. They seemed to be looking at the same stuff we were looking at...the village down below and the countryside! They had such an intelligent look about them.
Favorite thing: There are many different parts of the fort to explore as it is quite huge. If I remember correctly it is several miles long. You can check out one of the guide books to get some detailed information. A bicycle is very useful inside the fort the only problem is gettin the bicycle up there. As the Fort is built on a hill. But once inside the fort things are very spread out. I'm sure you can easily hire a taxi in town that would take you to all of the interesting sites too.
Favorite thing: From the top of the wall you can get some wonderful views of the landscape of the area. It is great to listen to the sounds rising up from the village down below. The guys in the photo are some European guys that I hung out with for a couple of days.
Favorite thing: I met a few people in the Fort of Chittaurgarh that were very friendly. I had some nice chats while drinking chai. No one seemed interested in trying any scams. At least I didn't notice any. I didn't part with any money..I do know that! LOL In general people will ask where you are from, what do you do for a living, how old are you and are you married?
Favorite thing: I'm very fond of animals in general ~ monkeys are no exception. This was the largest number of langurs I had encountered. . .and I found it fascinating to watch them for a bit. They are very human-like. . .
I'm not sure where else to put this tip. . .as it doesn't fall into any other category.
Along the road leading into the fort, there are a very high number of langur monkeys. They all keep their distance, so there's no need to worry about safety.
The fort is a massive, sprawling structure ~ it spreads over 700 acres ~ and is located on the top of a 180 metre-high hill. Though most of the buildings and monuments in the fort are in a state of partial (at least!) decay, they are still incredibly impressive.
Fondest memory: It really feels like you could get lost in the fort. . .and that's the best way to approach it ~ just spend a few hours wandering among the ruins.
This photo is of one of the chhatris, or tombs, for fallen defenders of the fort.
As one of Rajasthan's largest forts, Chittaurgarh was the target of successive invasions. Its history is coloured with the kind of romance, honourable suicide, chivalry and valour that make up Rajput myths and legends.
Favorite thing: The path to the fort takes you through seven gates and finally leads you to the main gate or Rampol. Along the way, there are a few temples and chhatris (tombs or memorials), marking the places where legendary warriors fell during battle.