Cradled in the cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravali ranges,the formidable medieval citadel- Kumbhalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past glory. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1914 metres high from the sea level, the fort was built in 15th century AD by Maharana Kumbha (1419-63 AD) and is the principal fortification after Chittaurgarh, lying 90 km north-west of Udaipur.

Getting there

  • Location:

    84 Kms North from Udaipur
  • Railways :

    Khumbhalgarh is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
  • Roadways :

    RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) buses connects Khumbhalgarh to major cities like Jaipur,Delhi, Agra and within Rajasthan.

Travel Informations

  • Area :

    Spans over 38.10 Sq. Km.
  • Best time to visit :

    July-March
  • Languages Spoken :

    Rajasthani. Hindi, English
  • Major attractions :

    The Fort,Haldighati,Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary,Ranakpur Temples

Places to visit

The Fort

The massive fort,encompassed by a 36 km long wall,has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring watch towers strengthen the crenallated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure Fascinating chambers are built on the western side of the last gate- the \'Nimboo Pol\'. According to history, the infant Udai Singh was smuggled from Bundi and hidden in these chambers by his faithful maid Panna Dai to save him from the murderous intentions of his Uncles who desired the throne. Udai Singh ascended the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residence and later established Udaipur-the beautiful lake city. Within the fort are many magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples.

Badal Mahal

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The most picturesque of the palace is the \'Badal Mahal\' or the palace of the cloud. The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures. It offers a superb bird\'s eye view of the countryside surrounding the fort as well as of other ruins within the fort.The ancient ruins of the temples within the fort date back to the Mauryan period built during the reign of the grandson of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who belonged to the Jai community. Most of the ruins in Kumbhalgarh are of the Jain temples of various periods.

Haldighati:

The scene of the famous battle off 1576 AD fought between Rana Pratap-the heroic son of Udai Singh and the massive forces of the mughal Emperor Akbar. A beautiful Chhatri with white marble cloumns, dedicated to Rana Pratap stands here.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary:

The 586 sq. km. Sanctuary supporting a rich variety of wildlife like the panther,sloth bear,wild boar, four horned antelope and scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake, are the major attractions.The sanctuary is also noted for flamingoes, cormorants, spoonbills and egrets usually seen in winter.

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