Kumbhalgarh is a secretly placed fort and worth visit for its solid battlement great wall. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ”the Great Wall of China”. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent and thus indeed has been added to the list of Worlds Heritage sites. The architecture keeps you fascinated for hours and you wonder about the time and effort taken to build this mansion.
Though my journey had started, I was bit worried seemingly I had started late from the Ajmer and the fort closing time was 5:30 pm. It was almost 3:45pm; still one and half hour away from fort! My heart started racing fast as I really did not wanted to miss upon my adventure walk on the second longest wall in the world.
The moment I reached few kilometers before the fort, my all anxiety just snapped away. The curvy road leads you thru dense forest accompanying lakes and canyons taking you to the fort located on the peak of mountain. The Aravali range makes you journey pleasant. As you drive up to the mountain, clouds seems to start catching and chasing you in playful manner.
As soon I approached the main gate of the fort that’s where my mind echoed Ahhaa!! Finally I am here. I grabbed my ticket and rushed inside without losing a minute.
I never realized my fascination towards vintage and heritage sites until I visited Rajasthan. Every fort has its own flavor depicting its own story. Fort Kumbhalgarh is nestled into the Arawali range and proudly narrates the legacy of Kings of Mewar. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha who ruled the kingdom for the thirty five years. It took years of construction of this fort and it is located approximate 3600 ft above sea level.
Once upon a fort is now serves as great museum with more than 360 temples and palaces. The Fort is spread across 36 kilometers in length. The must visit points include Shiva temple and the “Badal palace”. The second one is accredited to be the birthplace of great warrior Maharana Pratap. The name “Badal” means Clouds and the palace looks like its standing in wonderland of the clouds.
As I was late, I could not enjoy the panoramic view of the town down from the fort however I assumed it must be looking great in the broad day light. However in the evening one can enjoy light and sound music show (at 7.00 pm) which reveals the history of the fort. Nearby is a small snack center where one can indulge in delicious Rajasthani food items, sandwiches and tea/coffee.
Staying options: The Kumbha Bagh, Aodhi Hotel, Kumbhalgarh club Mahindra, Devi palace heritage Hotel
Visit duration: 2 – 3 hours
As staying options are expensive one can choose to travel back to Udaipur (80kms) or go to next destination; however if you wish to stay back for a day then the other option is to experience cultural programs back at these hotels.
Other point of attraction: KumbhalGarh Wildlife sanctuary
I enjoyed my time here and I hope this tourist attraction will be in your bucket list while your visit to Rajasthan. Keep Smiling and Happy Travelling!!
P.s. (Image credits to internet)