The walls of Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the second longest in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Sadly, only about 38 kms of this wall remains now. Situated in the Aravalis, these walls ensured the Fort remained impregnable even during the worst of attacks by Mughals.
Kumbhalgarh – History
Though the Fort is believed to be in existence since the 6th century, the Fort in it’s current form was built by Rana Kumbha in around 13th century. The perimeter walls extend upto 36 kms making it the largest continuous wall in India and 2nd largest in the World. The wall could not be constructed initially and kept collapsing. Only once a human sacrifice was offered, could the construction be completed. The Rajput Mewar King Maharana Pratap, most widely known for the Battle of Haldighati was born here.
The Fort was, technically, never conquered. Even when the invading forces of Akbar, did manage to penetrate the Fort, Maharana Pratap had already escaped, making this victory inconsequential.
Kumbhalgarh – How to reach?
From Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is about 100kms. ~ 50kms on super smooth 4 laned National Highway 27 and ~ 50 kms on narrow winding village roads with occasional bad patches. It takes around 1.5 – 2 hours by private car/taxi. Since it is not on the main highway, public transport is limited to shared Jeeps which run between the nearby villages.
Kumbhalgarh – Points of Interest
The most striking structure of the Fort, is obviously it’s perimeter wall. Though you cannot really walk on it, you can certainly enjoy the views from the top of the Fort.
The Royal living quarters are in somewhat dilapidated state now, with certain sections being completely inaccessible.
The 2 prominent gates of the Fort are – Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. Ram Pol is where the vehicles are parked, entry tickets are sold. You will enter from here.
There are 3 temples inside the Fort – 2 Hindu (1 dedicated to Goddess Kali, the other to God Shiv) and a Jain. Unlike other forts in Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh, does not really have a bustling population living inside its premises.
✅ TOP TIP: Don’t miss the light and sound show at Kumbhalgarh Fort. It happens everyday ~7pm. The Fort is lighted up beautifully during and after this show.
Kumbhalgarh – Nearby
The Fort is inside a wildlife sanctuary, and there are safaris offered by a few operators. You can take it for the experience, but don’t get your hopes too high. 🙂
Ranakpur Jain Temple, another engineering marvel, is only about ~50kms from Kumbhalgarh (via Sayra Village). If you plan to visit Kumbhalgarh, you should visit Ranakpur too.
Kumbhalgarh – Places to stay
I would love to recommend a property here, but, my own experience wasn’t that great in the one I stayed. So, please look through the options at here and choose as per your liking. 🙂