Nestled amongst the lush green hills of the Aravalli Range, the impressive Kumbhalgarh Fort stands out as a proud reminder of the past glory of this region. Located at a distance of 84 km away from Udaipur, this medieval fort city is a majestic sight to behold. Kumbhalgarh is a fort, which was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. It is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittorgarh Fort. A huge 36 km long wall encircles the Kumbhalgarh Fort that has seven majestic gates and ramparts one within the other.
A historical Kumbhalgarh Tour takes you to a number of monuments and temples lay scattered all over the Kumbhalgarh Fort and its surrounding areas. Besides, the fort also houses a number of palaces, some of which are in ruins. The best time to travel to Kumbhalgarh is from September to March.
Tourist Attractions in Kumbhalgarh
Some of the famous tourist attractions you can visit while you travel to Kumbhalgarh are listed below.
An architectural marvel of Rajasthan, named after Rana Kumbha, the fort belongs to Mewar dynasty. It offers a picturesque bird eye view of the hills and forests below. Admire the unparalleled architecture of Rana Kumbha palace, Badal Mahal (Maharana Pratap was born here), 360+ Hindu and Jain temples. Lord Shiva temple Neelkanth Mahadeo is not to be missed. The fort is open from 9:00am to 6:00 am every day throughout the year.
The Badal Mahal or the Palace of the Clouds is one of the most beautiful palaces inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The highest of all the structures inside the fort, this picturesque palace offers a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and the fort as well.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 586 sq km. It has a sizeable wildlife population consisting of panthers, sloth bears, four horned antelopes and scientifically bred crocodiles. Besides, the sanctuary also attracts a huge number of migratory birds during the winter. The park is a place you must not miss if you travel to Kumbhalgarh. Visitors can come here all round the year but December till March has the best of weather conditions in Rajasthan for a safari.
Mucchal Mahavir Temple
The Mucchal Mahavir temple that is 5 km away from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is known for its statue of Lord Mahavira with a mustache. The gateway is decorated with statues of elephants, which give it a majestic look. A number of colorful Garasia tribal villages located nearby also draw many tourists to this site.
Visit the cave that was once used by Rishi Parshuram for meditation. Inside, one will find shrines of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The premises have 9 holy kunds, which mystically never dry out.
While climbing down the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, one must visit the Mammadev Temple, which was constructed by Rana Kumbha in 1460. The temple with intricate sculptures has the ?chhatris? (cenotaphs) of Rana Kumbha and Prithviraj Chauhan.
Kumbhalgarh Festival (December)
Comes December and the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort gets adorned with yellow lights and decorations for the festival for being the venue of the 3-day festival. Rajasthan Tourism invites the most talented artists, dancers and musicians in the country. The 3- day celebration includes games like Tug of War and Musical Chair for children. Other than this, there are thrilling dance performances by local artists like Kalbeliyas and Langas of Rajasthan, Terahtaali, Kachchi Ghodi and Odissi dancers.
Best Time to Visit
Rajasthan being a desert state, experience extreme heat during summers. Hence the best time to visit this place as well as Kumbhalgarh is between October to February. Months of April till July should be avoided.
How to Reach
By Air: Udaipur is the nearest airport, which has flights to and from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
By Rail: Udaipur is the nearest railway station, which is connected to cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer.
By Road: There are many buses from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh. Besides, there are roads that connect Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur, which is 18 km away.
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