The Royal Orient

Day 2 Thursday

Chittaurgarh - The City of Valour

At Chittaur, you will visit the Chittaur Fort which sprawls over 700 acres and was built in the 7th century; the nine-storey watch tower, the 12th-century tower of fame and sculptures of the Jain pantheon and the Rana Kumbha Palace. You will set foot in the underground cellar where Rani Padmini and her compatriots performed jauhar, a mass suicide by immolating themselves - a Rajput custom followed o avoid humiliation at the hands of the enemy in the face of defeat. In 1303, Allauddin Khilji, Sultan of Delhi, invaded it, besotted by the gorgeous queen of Chittaur, Rani Padmini. You will visit the Zanana Mahal, where a mirror reflection of her famed beauty was shown to Allauddin Khilji, setting off the tragic invasion which led to the jauhar.

There are other historic spots. The Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temple, and Meerabai's Temple, mystic poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna. Legend says that she physically merged into the Krishna idol, at the heights of her devotion. You will also visit the Kalika Mata Temple, dedicated to Kali, the fiery Goddess of Power. And, the Jaimal and Patta Palaces. Chittaur will transport you back in time, to an era when pride was greater than power, and Kings were the envoys of God.

Udaipur - The Land of LakesLake Palace, Udaipur

There is no place in India which sets fire to the imagination of poets and painters, travelers and writers, the way Udaipur does. Set amidst an amphitheatre to low-lying mountains and flanked by three lakes far-flung plains, Udaipur's streets are lined by gardens, temples, esplanades and palaces - and every feature is mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola.

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