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A structure of magnificence located in the middle of the Aravalis, Kumbhalgarh fort is an example of intricacy in stone sculpture.





Encircled by thirteen ​elevated mountain peaks,

the fort is constructed on ​the top most ridges

around1,194 meters above sea level.





The fortification wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort

extends to the length of 36 kilometers making

it the second longest wallin the world, after

''the Great Wall of China''.

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Time Zone:-GMT+5.30

Language:-   Hindi, English and Mewari

Currency:-    Indian Rupee, Other currencies can                            be changed at various authorized                              centers.

Weather:-   Summer (March to October): 40°C - 45° C
                  Winter (November to February): 12°C - 30° C

 

Best time to Visit:-  September to March.

Distances:-   Delhi- 670 km, Mumbai- 770 km,

                       Jaipur- 420 km, Agra- 630 km,

                      Jodhpur- 250km, Ahmedabad- 250 km

​​​​​​​​​​​​Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortresson the

western range of Aravalli Hills, Located at a

distance of 64 kms from Udaipur in

Rajasmand district.

It was built by Maharana  Kumbha in ​the 15th

century and derived its name​ from its founder. 



Kumbhalgarh fort was the second most

important fort after Chittorgarh for

the Mewar kingdom.





It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife, One of such incidents was refuge to the baby king​ Udai Singh (later-founder of Udaipur) of Mewar, who after the sacrifice of Panna Dhai at Chittor was brought here secretly, so that he could be safe here.




It is also of sentimental significance as

Maharana Pratap(the greatest of all Maharanas)

 was also born in the same fort. 





The Kumbhalgarh fort was built and ruled by Maharana Kumbha whose kingdom of Mewar stretched from Ranthambore to Gwalior and included large tracts of erstwhile Madhya Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. Out of the 84 forts in his dominion, Rana Kumbha is said to have designed 32 of them, of which Kumbhalgarh fort is the largest and most elaborate.





The frontal walls ​are fifteen feet

thick. The hefty walls of the fort are

broad enough to stand eight horses

side by side. 






​​There is a legend associated with the construction of theses walls which states that, in 1443 CE

theMaharana Kumbha, was initially repeatedly unsuccessful in attempts to build the fort wall.

A spiritual preceptor was consulted about the construction problems and advised the ruler that a voluntary human sacrifice would solve whatever was causing the impediment.

The spiritual advisor advised building a temple where the head should fall and building the wall and the fort where the rest of his body lay.




Today the main gate ofthe fortress, Hanuman Pol,

contains a shrine and ​a temple to commemorate

the great sacrifice.










Kumbhalgarh has seven gates, seven ramparts

folded with one another with designed walls

t​oughened by curved bastions and huge watch

towers








The route to the Kumbhalgarh​ is a zigzag road

going through​ deep ravines and thick​ forests which

brings visitors ​to the Arait Pol,wherevisiotrs can

tracethewatch-tower and then Hulla Pol,

Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol,​ Paghra Pol,

Top-khana Pol and​ Nimboo Pol will come across

the track.​​





               
Surrounded by thirteen mountain peaks, guarded by seven great gates and seven ramparts, strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers, this mountain fortress has witnessed

many battles.


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secured under the kind​ protection of the Aravali

ranges along​ with its inaccessibility and​ hostile

topographythis fortress had remained

un-conquered and ​impregnable to direct

assault.






The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. This fort fell only once, due to the shortage of drinking water, to the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas of Gujarat.



The huge complex of​ the Fort has numerous​ palaces,

temples and​ gardensmaking it more​ magnificent.










There are around 360 temples inside the complex of the Fort.







Majority of these temples are Jain temple and

restare dedicated to various Hindu deities of which,

Shiva Temple is most astounding that​ comprises a

hugeShivalinga









The Fort is also known for its famous palace that

resides on the top of structure.

This beautiful palace is known as

'Badal Mahal' or the Palace of Cloud.



It is also accredited to be the​ birth place of great

warriorMaharana Pratap.





This palace has beautiful​ rooms with lovely color

combination of green, ​turquoise and white

presenting a bright contrast​ to the earthy

colors of ​the Fort.

This place gives the ​appearance of being

wandering in the world of clouds.






Cloud Palace also offers a fantastic panoramic vista of the down town. From the palace top, it is possible to see kilometers into the Aravalli Range. The sand dunes of the Thar Desert can also be seen from the fort walls. 

The large complex of the Fort offers ancient remnants to explore and one can spend a pleasurable evening while strolling through the ravines of Kumbhalgarh Fort.

In the late 19th century, Rana Fateh Singh once again took the initiative to rebuild this remarkable palace.

In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kumbhalgarh Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a 
UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group ​Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan Tourism Department organizes various art shows and festivals in remembrance of the passion of Maharana Kumbha towards art and architecture.





This fort also has a light and soundshowin

the evenings which presents​ the history of

the Mewar rulers, ​which definitely is worth

paying a visit.






Not only this, you can even hire an open jeep and crusade through the winding roads in the  Wildlife Sanctuary which encircles the massive fort of Kumbhalgarh and imbibed its name from the same fortKumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction for the tourists coming to Udaipur.

Sprawled in an area of 578 sq km,the sanctuary makes home to many endangered species of wild-life. The sanctuary provides natural abode to many creatures like Wolf, Leopards, Sloth bear, Hyena, jackal, Jungle cat, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chausingha (the four horned antelope), Chinkara and Hare. In fact, Kumbhalgarh is the only sanctuary of Rajasthan, where you can trace wolf engaged in its activities. If you find your interest in birds, then here you can see a nice variety of birds like Red Spur Owls, Parakeets, Golden Oriole, Bulbul, Dove, Grey Pigeons and White Breasted Kingfisher are traceable near the water holes. Peacocks and Doves also gain attention by their own charm.

This is one of the few parks that allow people on horseback.

Kumbhalgarh fort and wildlife sanctuary are easily accessible from the city of Udaipur. Visitors can take the regular services of buses starting from Udaipur or can also hire private taxis to visit.

Kumbhalgarh Fort is not to be missed on your trip if you want to know about the mighty people of Mewar/Udaipur.


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