Vijay Stambh, Chittaurgarh

The sign of victory over the Mughal rulers around 1440 AD.Synonymous with the tradition of valor and chivalry, Chittaurgarh or Chittaur, the capital of Mewar, was under the Rajput rule from the 7th to the mid 16th century. Fiercely independent, it was ravaged thrice, and each time like Phoenix - it rose again. Allauddin Khilji was the first to plunder Chittaur in 1303. Legend and history corroborate that this was because of his passionate desire to abduct queen Padmini. Yet, she, preferring Death to dishonor, committed Jauhar (self immolation) along with the other ladies of her Court. The Victory Tower, 37 meters high, is an imposing structure of nine stories. With sculptures of a secular nature on the exterior, Maharana Kumbha built it in commemoration of his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. Today, remains speak of its former importance, yet in the hearts and minds of its people the Tales of glory are as much alive as it was then. The nearest Airport is Udaipur, at a distance of 98 kms. It is well connected by Rail and Road. Accommodation is available in palaces, havelies, other heritage properties, Paying Guest Scheme and other budget hotels.

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