Kumbhalgarh Fort Tour in Rajasthan
North of Udaipur , Rajasthan
37 Bastions, Shiva temple, Badal Mahal
Best Time to Visit:
October to February
08:00 A.M. To 06:00 P.M.
For Indians: Rs. 5, For Foreigners: Rs. 100
How to Reach :
You can hire taxis from Udaipur city or take regular buses.
A fabulous invincible fort of Kumbhalgarh Fort is a romantic creation of chivalry and regal stateliness. The fantastic Rajput era comes alive on your visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. After Chittaurgarh Fort, the Kumbhalgarh Fort holds the prominence owing to its massive creation. It is second largest fort of Mewar where the monarchs used to retreat during the time of danger. The tourists here love to travel and drive twisting and turning round the Aravali mountain ranges.
It was only once that the spectacular fort was seized by the joint forces of Amber, Marwar and Mughal emperor Akbar when they breached the strong defenses of the fort due to scarcity of drinking water. The tripartite significance of the fort is remarkable. First that it was refuge for the rulers in the endangered times, second it had offered refuge to Prince Udai when he was to be assassinated and third that it is the birth place of the valorous Maharana Pratap Singh.
The fort is worth seeing for the architecture. It rises from a prominent ridge, 1,914 m above the sea level. The thick wall of the fort stretches to about 36 Km. is pierced with seven gates. They are wide enough enclosing 360 temples, numerous palaces, gardens, baoris and 700 cannon bunkers. Maharaja Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The large compound of the palace is worth taking a walk. Here your encounters with some ruins are quite obvious. The fort offers excellent view of the surroundings.
Tourist Attractions of Kumbhalgarh Fort :
Kumbhalgarh Forts Tour Udaipur Rajasthan India, The fort has most famous attraction for the tourists - the fort itself. Staying in Kumbhalgarh gives you opportunity to trek from your hotel to the fort. The exciting trek will full of thrill and enjoyment. The fort houses seven massive gates, seven fortifications, patterned walls strengthened by curved bastions and huge watch towers. Amongst the temples of the fort, the Shiva temple is worth seeing. Visitors offer their prayers here. Even today the priests take care of all these shrines of the fort. The famous Badal Mahal - Palace of Clouds - perched on the topmost fort structure is worth appreciating. The guest house at the Crocodile Farm is a good option for overnight stay amidst the wild.
Nearby Places :
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary:
Go wild with the animals residing in their natural habitat. The sanctuary is popular for the wolves. Visitors are amused to see the sanctuary sprawling across the Aravali ranges. The sanctuary derives its name from the Kumbhalgarh fort. Discover the wild life comprising of leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, grey jungle fowl, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare. Birds like peacocks; parrots, pigeons, and doves welcome you to the sanctuary.
Ranakpur Jain Temples:
At a distance of 50 km from Kumbhalgarh, the famous Ranakpur Jain temples are located. Your drive through Vanpura and Saira will be very pleasing. Two temples here devoted to the Jain saints - Parasnath and Neminath - have wonderful erotic carvings quite similar to those of Khajuraho.
The place is known for Thakur Sajjan Singhji and his wife when they opened the castle for the paying guests. Beholders are attracted towards the bright wall frescoes, trophies won duru\ing hunting expeditions, retainers in turban, carved jharokhas, drawing rooms with vibrant windows and chandeliers, Rajput miniatures, ostrich eggs and old photographs.
Located in a secluded area is the cave of Parshuram where the sage meditated during the times Ram and Sita.