The medievel Rajput stronghold of Chittorgarh is the Masada of Rajasthan. Not once, but three times in its history -- in 1303, 1535 and 1568 -- the valiant defenders of the fort committed suicide rather than surrendering to invaders. In this ritual, known as jauhar, the men of the city put on saffron robes and rushed in to battle to fight to the death, while the women collectively immolated themselves on a funeral pyre.
||Ruins of the Rana Kumbha palace.||
||The palace was built in the 1400s.|
||Two boys playing near the ruins.|
||The palace was built in the 1400s.||
||Susanne poses above the blue city.|
||One of the several temples near the palace.||
||Carvings on the temple.||
||An old man guards the temple, on the lookout for cobras.|
||A menagerie of animals live outside the temple.||
||The Tower of Victory, built in the mid-15th century.|
||A girl selling handmade postcards at the tower.||
||One of Chittorgarh's water tanks.|
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