Kumbhalgarh is a wonderful 15th century fort situated roughly 110 kilometers to the northwest of Udaipur, in the Rajsamand district. Famous for the world’s third longest wall that circumvents it, running 36 kilometers, Kumbhalgarh Fort makes an attractive view situated atop a high hill in the Aravali hill range. This nostalgic place also has a wildlife sanctuary and the facility of some good hotels and resorts for the night stay.
Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Rana Kumbha, the ruler of Mewar whose dominion stretched up to Gwalior and Ranthambore. This wonderful fort fell only once among the several wars it faced to a combined force of Mughal, Amber and Marwar armies; water scarcity being the reason. The outer wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort encloses nearly 360 temples along with several gardens and palaces. There are some beautiful temples inside the inner wall of the fort as well. Situated at a great height, Kumbhalgarh fort offers magnificent views of the surrounding plains and hills, which was also a major strategic advantage.
Before one enters the grand gate of Kumbhalgarh Fort, a great widespread view of the fort is to be had. Upon entering, there are some attractive temples to the right and a way leads to the top of Kumbhalgarh fort from the left. As the way winds up towards the pinnacle, one has to surrender the temptation of stopping and taking pictures of the fort as well as the bird’s eye views of the green and widespread land around. The serene and comparatively quiet atmosphere at the Kumbhalgarh, it being out of the heavy tourist traffic region, can be soothing and contemplative.
The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the lesser known yet interesting places a wildlife lover could visit. Within its expanse of 578 Square Kilometers, the sanctuary is a home to some endangered species of plants, animals and birds. The frequently seen animals at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary are leopards, sloth bears, wolves, hyenas, jungle cats, jackals and different species of deer. Small and large water reservoirs scattered throughout the sanctuary offer nice opportunities to the bird lovers. Golden orioles, grey pigeons, parakeets, red spur owls and different kinds of kingfishers can be seen in the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Jungle treks and safaris are arranged by the authorities.
Just a few hours from Udaipur, the blend of history and beautiful nature at Kumbhalgarh can prove to be a very relaxing combination. Kumbhalgarh is highly recommended to those who are looking for a peaceful retreat away from the hubbub of tourists. Though you can easily cover Kumbhalgarh in one day starting from and returning to Udaipur, it is recommended that you book a night’s stay and enjoy the place at leisure.
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Kumbhalgarh is famous for Kumbhalgarh Fort that was built by Rana Kumbha in 15th century. Its long wall surrounds approximately 360 temples, palaces and gardens. The view from the Kumbhalgarh Fort is very pleasing. Kumbhalgarh also has a Wildlife Sanctuary where wildlife lovers can spend time. There are nice resorts and hotels in Kumbhalgarh.
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|5 Star Hotels:
||Club Mahindra Fort
||Udaipur is 85 km away
|Nearest Major City(s):
||Udaipur (105 km)
|How to reach:
||It is connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar by the state buses
|Major Tourist Attraction:
||Wildlife Sanctuary, Fort
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