Maharana Ratan Singh II was the son of Rana Sanga. He succeeded the throne after the death of his father. He served as the Maharana of a very short span of time from 1527 to 1531. Maharana Ratan Singh II during his lifetime had built a beautiful palace within the fort of Chittorgarh as a winter abode for the Royal family. From the northern part of the Chittorgarh Fort, this massive construction can be easily viewed.
Entry to the palace is epic. The gate leading into the palace faces east. It is a giant erection with a soaring archway and chattris atop. On the northern side of the entrance lies the Ratneswar Mahadeva Temple. The temple complex comprises of a garbagriha, a mandapa and an antarala. The outer side of the temple has attractive carvings.
The palace has a rectangular layout enclosed by tall walls. It houses numerous courtyards encircled by rooms, towers, deohris etc. The interior of the palace showcases well maintained lush green gardens. The private part of the palace is entered through a gate in the north. Inside, there lies a vast span of empty space encircled by old constructions and accommodations. The upper level on the eastern part of the palace has balconies. This served as the Darikhana or, Audience Hall. The view of the Chittorgarh Fort from here is splendid.
Apart from serving in the winters, this palace was extensively used for celebrations and other event management. The remnants of this beautiful architecture are still an appeal for the tourists.
The Chittorgarh fort remains closed on Fridays. Open from 9:45am in the morning till 5:45pm in the evening, it may be visited on all other days. The palace lies within the fort and follows the same timings. A visit to the Ratan Singh Palace is definitely suggested.