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The following morning, I took a bus to Chittor, which has recently renamed Chittaraugarh. The best way to see this town would be as a day trip from Udaipur. There are plenty of buses that ply this route. I came to Chittor to see the formidable fort that lies on top of a hill overlooking the town. It's a bit far so I went ahead and hired an auto-rickshaw for nearly 4 hours for only 120 INR. The rickshaw took me across town and up the hill, crossing the 7 impressive gates en route to the fort on top.
The first stop was at the interesting ruins of Rana Kumbha's Palace, which is located right across the ticket booth (100 INR entrance fee). Walking thru the ruins, you come across several remaining bldgs with interesting balconies. You can see beautiful remnants of the jali screens that once covered the zenanas, a compound, and part of the palace, where the wives and concubines of the Maharaya (ruler) lived. Traditionally, this ruler could have dozens and sometimes hundreds of wives and or concubines. As in the traditions of the European royalty, the first male born (usually, but not necessarily, from the 1st wife) would inherit and take over the thrown. You can feel the history of this palace as you walk through it. You pass thru what must have been a beautiful courtyard. Legend has it that below this courtyard Padmini, wife of Rana's uncle, lead the women and children in the ceremonious sacred Jauhar in the year 1303.
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