Kumbhalgarh Fort, a robust 15th-century royal architectural wonder that stands on top of a hill of the Aravali ranges at a height 1100 meters above the sea level. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century and that’s where it derived its name Kumbhalgarh.
The fort is situated in the Rajasamand district of Rajasthan which is 82 Kms northeast of the famous city of lakes Udaipur. The fort is a major tourist attraction, many tourists from all over the world flocks in to confront the architectural magnificence, mesmerizing beauty and legacy tales. Kumbhalgarh is the second largest fort in Rajasthan and is declared as a ‘World Heritage Site’.
Here are the 10 attractions of Kumbhalgarh fort that makes it an ultimate tourist destination of historic importance.
1. World’s Second Largest wall
The wall that runs along the perimeter of the fort is world’s second largest wall after ‘ The Great wall of china. The wall continuously stretches to 36 Kms in length and is 15 feet wide, four horses can walk parallel on the wall.
2. The Magnificent structure
The Fort is indeed an architectural wonder which gives a testimony of the architects of that era. The fort houses 7 gates of which Aaret Pol, Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol are the major gates . Pol in the local language means “Main Gate” . There are around 360 temples of which 300 are Jain temples and rest are Hindu.
3.The association of Historic Tales
It is said that Maharana Kumbha failed multiple times in constructing the magnanimous wall so then a saint was consulted and he suggested a voluntary human sacrifice as a remedy. No one came up for some time but then a pilgrim came up and sacrificed. There is a shrine located in Hanuman Pol inside fort which was constructed to commemorate the sacrifice.
4. Nature’s Bliss
The Fort is bestowed with mesmerizing natural beauty. If you are traveling in the monsoon which is the best season to visit you will find lush green Aravali ranges surrounding the fort, the clouds flying through your head and occasional showers.
There is ‘ Badal Mahal’ at the top of the fort which takes you to the proximity of clouds and on many occasion you’ll find yourself in the clouds.
5. Shiva Temple with huge shivaling
The shiv temple inside the fort known as Neelkanth Mahadev has a Huge shivaling claimed to be 4-5 feet in height. It is said that Maharana Kumbha was so huge in physique that he use to do’ Abhishek ‘ of the shivaling while sitting as he could match the height of the shivaling while remain seated.
6.An Unforgettable Road Trip Experience
The road that takes you from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is incredibly beautiful. There is a single strip of road throughout which will take you through dense lush greenery all over the journey. In the way, you will find rivers and Dam which will hardly let you pass without a click. You will come across ‘Kathaar River’ and ‘Bageri Ka Naka’ dam both are renowned picnic spots amongst locals.
Hire a bike from Udaipur that will boost up your experience.
7. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Fort is surrounded by Wildlife Sanctuary in which you can take a jungle safari organized by local tour operators. The sanctuary is a home to various wild animals like chinkara, leopard , Sloth Bear, Antelope, jackal, Sambhar, Nilgai and hyena. You can also spot various species of birds.
8. Picturesque View
Reaching the top of the fort You can see miles into the beautiful Aravali ranges, even the sand dunes of the Thar desert are visible.
9. Birthplace of a Braveheart
Kumbhalgarh also holds the honour of being the birthplace of the brave Maharana Pratap, the great warrior of Mewar who didn’t succumb to the giant Mughals.
10.The Light and Sound show at Night
Every evening at 6:45pm a light and sound show is organized at the fort. The ticket for the show is Rs 75 and the show lasts for 45 minutes. The show showcases the history of the fort with light, sound and music. After the show the fort is illuminated for an hour and under the lights the Fort looks spectacular.
How to reach Kumbhalgarh ?
The nearest airport and Railway station are in Udaipur which is 82 km. so you will have to reach Udaipur first and from there you can opt for bus or hire taxi/bikes.