Palace of Padmini
: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
: 13th Century
: Built Inside 7th Century Mauryan Fort
The palace is situated in the Chittorgarh fort and was built in the 13th century for the legendary Queen
Padmini whose beauty resulted in the historic battle between Allauddin
Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. As the legend goes, Rani Padmini self-immolated herself in a ritual fire pit to save her honor from the enemy with all the pride attributed to a true Rajput lady.
Rani Padmini was a celebrated beauty and according to a legend, it was here that
Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of her to Allauddin
Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi. It overlooks a pool in which the 'Zanana
Mahal' is situated, where Padmini stood when her reflection was shown to
Allauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall.
Visitors coming to Chittorgarh can stay in palaces, havelis and other heritage properties converted into hotels. Apart from this, a wide range of accommodation is available under the paying guest scheme to tourists with different budgets. The scheme provides the tourists a home away from home.
HOW TO GET THERE
The place can be approached by rail, road, with nearest airport at Udaipur, at a distance of 98 kms.