Chittorgarh, also called Chittaur, from the 7th century to the 16th, was the capital of Mewar under the Rajputs. Chittaur evokes memories of great heroism and sacrifice by Rajput men and women in the intermittent battles that they had to fight against invaders from Northwest or Delhi. Chittaur witnessed both the ravages of war and the triumphs of the spirit. Allaudin Khilji who coveted Queen Padmini of Chittaur, invaded the city in 1303 A.D. Queen Padmini and the women of the court sacrificed themselves in a pyre of fire rather than submit to anybody. This supreme sacrifice has been called 'Jauhar' and epitomises the fiery spirit of the Rajputs of the day. The city stands strewn with monuments and battlements as evidence of the blood and gore that it went through in medieval times.
48 km away, on the way to Rana Pratap Sagar Dam lies one oldest and most spectacular temple complexes in Rajasthan belonging to the 9th century AD. It is built a little before the classical period of temple building.
Bassi Fort that glorifies the history of the Chundawat clan was built in the 16th Century by Thakur Jaimal of Sisodia dynasty, cousin of Maharana Pratap, and also the founder of Bassi principality. Now it is converted into hotel.
The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 50 Sq.Km. near Bassi village. The key fauna of the sanctuary are panther, wild boar, antelopes and mongoose. Migratory birds also visit the sanctuary. For entry into the sanctuary, prior permision is to be obtained from the District Forst Officer, Chittorgarh.
Bhainsrodgarh Fort lies on the right bank of the Chambal River and a village lies within the fort. The fort is set amidst scenic surroundings. An ancient temple of Gaipar Nath Mahadev on the way is an idyllic picnic spot. Near the fort is Rana Pratap Sagar Dam.
The 350 year old castle built by Rao Shakti Singh, the youngest brother of Maharaja Pratap, is the major attraction. Set in the midst of the Vindhyachal ranges, in Rajasthan, is one of the majestic hotels of Chittorgarh. The 16th century built Bijaipur Castle is a small hotel owned, inhabited and run by the local ruling family.
The Chittorgarh Fort seated on a 180 metre hill, covers an expanse of 700 acres. It was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. There is also a belief that it was constructed by Bhima of the Pancha Pandavas. This fort was the citadel of many great Rajput warriors such as Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, etc.
Jaipur is the closest airport at a distance of 137 km. Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru,Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Nanded,Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Udaipur, Pune, Indore, Raipur, etc. are well connected to Jaipur by air. Even international cities like Sharjah, Muscat, and Dubai are connected by air to Jaipur. Taxis and buses are available from Jaipur to Ajmer.Delhi airport is 377 km from Ajmer. Most major cities across the world are well connected to Delhi by air. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Ajmer. Private buses connect Delhi to Ajmer.
Chittorgarh is well connected to National Highway No. 76 and 79. State-run buses do ply regularly to Chittorgarh from other cities of Rajasthan. Buses from neighbouring states also ply to Chittorgarh.
Ajmer Junction railway station is well connected to many major cities of the country by rail. Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Bareilly, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bhuj, Gwalior, Dehradun, Haridwar, Indore, Jaipur, Ernakulum, Jammu, Jodhpur, Mysore, Okha, Porbandar, Ranchi, Ratlam, Udaipur, etc. are well connected to Ajmer by rail.