The Kumbhalgarh Fort is situated at a distance of 64 kilometers in the north-west of Udaipur, in the Rajasmand district of Rajasthan state. After Chittorgarh, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second major fort of Rajasthan. This fort can be easily accessed from Udaipur. This unconquerable fortress is protected by the Aravali ranges. In the 15th century, Maharana Kumbha built this fort. The fort has derived its name from the same factor.
Kumbhalgarh Fort surrounded by the 13 mountain peaks that are very high, the fort is built on the uppermost ridges about 1,914 meters above the sea level. The fort’s fortifications extend to the length of 36 kilometers and this is the reason why this fort stood in the international records. After “Great Wall of China” (whose length is 8,851 kilometers), this is regarded to be the second largest wall in the world. This fort’s large complex has numerous gardens, temples and palaces making it more magnificent.
This wall is breathtakingly majestic and massive as it snakes through the valleys and along the beautiful mountain tops which bears a striking resemblance to the Great wall of China. The wall is mason-ed beautifully with stone bricks of thousands in number and decorative flourishes along the top.
The perimeter wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort is an imposing, hulking construction. It is tall, extremely hard and and while various defensive mechanisms and traps along the fort and wall were deactivated, this does not mean that accidents will not happen for sure.
Kumbhalgarh Fort The Great Wall of India
The Great Wall of India
A few kilometers before the location of Kumbhalgarh fort, a zigzag road appears through thick forests and deep ravines. This path leads you to Arait Pol, a place where you can find the watch-tower and after that, you will witness the Nimboo Pol, Top-khana Pol, Paghra Pol, Bhairava Pol, Ram Pol, Hanuman Pol and the Hulla Pol across your track.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Architecture
The unassailable fort consists of 7 huge gates, 7 ramparts overlapped with one another with carefully designed walls strengthened by the huge watch towers and curved bastions. The solid foundation and strong structure of this fort made it to remain invincible till today. The walls of the fort are very hefty and broad that 8 horses can stand side-by-side. The width of the wall is from 15 to 25 feet. Inside the fort’s complex, there are more than 360 temples. Among all of those temples, the Shiva Temple consists of a large Shivalinga (Phallic form) and is worth visiting.
A beautiful palace resides on the top of the fort’s structure which is very famous. This palace is named as “Badal Mahal” or Palace of Cloud. This fort is recognized to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, one of India’s greatest kings. This palace appears to be wandering in the sky. It has attractive rooms with beautiful color combination of white, turquoise and green offering a bright contrast to the earthy colors of fort. This cloud palace also provides a beautiful panoramic vista of the down town.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Re-Construction
Rana Fateh Singh had taken the initiative to reconstruct this phenomenal palace in the late 19th century. In the times of disputes, the fort provided refuge to the Mewar rulers. During the times of battles, the king Udai Singh, when he was a baby, was kept there safely. This fort’s large complex provides ancient remnants to traverse and one can spend a enjoyable evening while strolling through this fort’s ravines.
This fort can be termed as a hidden gem as most of the people living in India do not know about this gorgeous place. I am talking about the people outside of Rajasthan state as most of the people living in Rajasthan might be knowing about this place.
A View of the Village from the Bottom of the Kumbalgarh Fort
At the downside of the Kumbhalgarh Fort, there is a small village where you can find various foreign tourists holding a camera and clicking the village view from various angles. Anyway, it is surely a heaven for the photographers. People who love climbing mountains can reach to the top of this fort as the fort’s top view is just mind blowing.
A View of the Village from the Bottom of the Fort
Top View of Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort appears much more beautiful in the rainy season, the best season. During summer, it is recommended to carry water bottles, sunglasses and caps to beat the heat. This fort is quite a climb. So, it would be better if people wear sports shoes. Do not worry if you forget to carry water, you can find few food stalls at the fort’s entrance.
The Top View of Kumbhalgarh Fort
Nearby the fort, there is a wildlife sanctuary. It is also an enjoyable place. Jungle Safari is also there in this sanctuary. In the evening, this fort also has a sound and light show. This show depicts the history of archaeological beauty. In those lights, this fort will have an amazing look.
Night View of Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort in the Night
In Phnom Penh, the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee was held in 2013. In this session, alongside 5 other forts located in Rajasthan, the Kumbhalgarh Fort was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the category Hill Forts of Rajasthan. For India itself, this is an extremely proud moment.
It will be quite amazing to see the maintenance and facilities of this fort. These find of facilities are not very often found in the other historical places in India. With the efforts of ASI, this fort is maintained really well. This fort is a must visit place considering its sheer massiveness.