Set amidst an array of about thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravalli range in mewar is a impregnable medieval castle. Yes, this is the castle of Kumbhalgarh! Is gives you a glimpse of the past glory of its kings and princess. A two and a half drive from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is a place to visit.
Kumbhalgarh fort is a very famous mewar fortress in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan state. Kumbhalgarh fort has a wall of that extends 36 kms in length around the perimeter of the fort. This wall is the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China. The frontal walls have a thickness of 15 feet and Kumbhalgarh has seven fortified gateways.
Kumbhalgarh is a birthplace of Maharana Pratap who was a great king and warrior of Rajasthan. The fort is now open to the general public and used as a public museum. It is spectacularly lit for some time each evening and this is a remarkable sight.
Badal mahal soars high in the sky. You can gaze at the serpentine lines of the fort walls and other distant landscaped from here.
Kumbhalgarh has a very famous sanctuary, which is famous for chowsinghas, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, sambar, leopards and jackals. Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary protects the rare species of animals like the wolf. It is situated in the lush green region of Udaipur.
Kumbhalgarh has a beautiful fort, which has a unique structure. It is located at an altitude of 1100m from sea level. The massive perimeter wall of the fort is very ling and is the second largest in the world after the Great Wall of China. This wall is 36 kms across the Aravalli Mountains and has frontal thickness of 15 feet. This fort is surrounded by 13 mountain peaks and guarded by seven massive gates and seven ramparts. It is further strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watch towers. The beautiful winding road leads through deep ravines and thick forest to the Arait pol. There are Hulla pol, Hanuman pol, Ram pol, Bhairava pol, Paghra pol and the top-khana pol.
There is a beautiful Badal mahal palace, which encloses beautiful rooms. These rooms have pleasant color schemes of green, white and Turquoise, which provides a contrast to the otherwise raw, earthy and grim fort.
Haldighati is a very famous battle of the 1576 that was fought between Rana Pratap and the massive forces of the Mughal emperor Akbar. There is a beautiful chhatri or canopy of white marble dedicated to Rana Pratap.
Kumbhalgarh wildlife Sanctuary is worth visiting. You can travel here on horseback and can see the rare wolf. It is a perfect place for you if you are a wildlife lover. This sanctuary is a home to many endangered species of wildlife like sloth bear, Hyena, wolf, leopards, jackal, jungle cats, Nilgai, sambhar, chinkara and many other animals. The bird population includes flamingoes, Sarus cranes, painted storks, spoonbills, cormorants, purple heron and rosy pelican to name a few.
The celebrations of the Gher Ghoomer festival before the Chamunda Devi are very famous. These celebrations are taking place since the last six centuries and retain the old charm. There is a lot of dancing and singing and colored water is splashed along with the mesmeric beating of drums.
Kumbhalgarh is a place in Rajasthan and one of the famous tourist destinations. The major attraction is the Kumbhalgarh fort. It is cradled in the beautiful Aravalli ranges and belongs to the 15th century. Rana Kumbha built it and the most impressive sight is the sprawling citadel on the hilltop. There are a number of interesting ruins around the fort and there are many magnificent palaces and havelis. There are many castle type cottages in Aohdi, which are also a major tourist attraction.
By Air The nearest airport to Kumbhalgarh is the Udaipur airport situated 84 kms away. You can take a taxi or a state travel bud from Udaipur and reach Kumbhalgarh, which is situated at a distance of two and a half hours drive.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Kumbhalgarh is the Ratlam railway station and this is connected to all the major railway stations in the country.
By Bus: Kumbhalgarh is reachable by road from Udaipur and Ranakapur. You can hire a bus or a private car and reach Kumbhalgarh. The roads are in very good condition and driving is a very pleasant experience.
Kumbhalgarh is a beautiful tourist destination situated in the laps of the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan. The place is situated in the beautiful natural surroundings and is surrounded by the thirteen Aravalli hills from all sides. The Kumbhalgarh fort is a remarkable sight. The fort has a very long and serpentine wall, which is a unique sight. Other tourist attractions include the beautiful badal Mahal, scenes from Haldighati, and the beautiful chhatri. Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is a place very rich in wildlife. This place has a lot of birds and animals, which are very exotic and rare. You can spot animals like sloth bear, Hyena, wolf, leopards, jackal, jungle cats, Nilgai, sambhar, chinkara and many other animals. The bird population includes flamingoes. Sarus cranes, painted storks, spoonbills, cormorants, purple heron and rosy pelican can be seen, to name a few.
Though Kumbhalgarh is a very small place, it has good accommodation options. The heritage hotels here offer you ethnic service and traditional hospitality.
Aodhi Hotel is fabulous as they have large rooms and great ambience. You can expect royal treatment at Aodhi hotel, which is placed in the remote and beautiful Kumbhalgarh.
Hotel Kumbhal Castle is very refined and refreshingly comfortable and is situated amidst the green surroundings. This hotel has the mystic beauty and the cultural heritage of the royal state of Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh fort hotel is beautifully situated on a hill overlooking the Kumbhalgarh valley. It has a blend of the age-old hospitality and modern amenities. Nature lovers can enjoy the endless greenery and can see the wildlife.