A stunning edifice in the magnificient history of medieval India, Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan offers a scenic tourist spot. This appealing and exceptional location entices tourists with its exquisite monuments, royal Chhathris and glorious palaces. Nested in the foothills of the pebbly mountains, this magnificient place reminds one of the valor and heroism of the legendary Rana Kumbha, the indomitable spirit behind the colossal stronghold of Rajput clan.
A historic place that houses one among the strongest fortress, Kumbhalgarh boast of so many intricately carved temples, which exposes the visitor in to the marvels of superb artistry. Though the fifteenth century bastion is the remarkable attraction, other fascinations of Kumbhagarh are not far behind. With its enthralling and verdant landscapes, deep jungles and pretty gorges this land is the abode of mesmerizing beauty.
Kumbhalgarh is not just these fabulous monuments and magnificient citadels, but abundance of natural splendors is gracefully bestowed on it makes it a pictorial location. The thick woody forests encompass the vibrant and rich foliage along with a rich variety of fauna. These forests, which house a wildlife sanctuary, are the popular destination of wildlife aficionados and birdwatchers. Its snaky paths and winding roads are a fascination to those who loves to be in the company of the animal world.
The most rocky terrain in the foot of Aravallies is clothed with the natural freshness when the surroundings reflects the cool gust of light breeze, stunning inferno of lightning, heavy thunder storms and the exciting stench of wet soil. These beautiful signals of tempting monsoon adorn this otherwise mucky terrain in to a blooming paradise of greenery. To enjoy the lavishness solitude or to meander in the midst of glorious past, Kumbhagarh would be a perfect choice.
Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan was once the seat of Prince Samprati, who was the Jain descendants of the erstwhile Mauryan Dynasty, who ruled here in the 2nd century.
Rana Kumbha is said to have been the most important ruler of Kumbhalgarh. He is believed to have designed 32 out of the 84 fortress that were then used for aiding Mewar. At that time, it also served as a safe haven for Mewar’s rulers during the times of contention.
The city is also associated with Prince Udai, who is said to have been smuggled out of Chittor in the year 1535, when Chittor was under the siege of the Mughals. The prince later became the king and founded the city of Udaipur.
Places to see
Kumbhalgarh Fort :: This most-remarkable of forts stretches across 36 kms of the Aravali Mountains and is 1100 m high from the sea level. It was never conquered, for reasons which become apparent the instant you set eyes on it. The fort is just 80 kms away from Udaipur. The massive perimeter wall is an astounding 36 kms. Surrounded by thirteen mountain peaks, guarded by seven great gates and seven ramparts, strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers, this mountain fortress has witnessed many battles. The winding road leads through deep ravines and thick forests to Arait Pol with its watch-tower, Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol.
On top of the fort is the Badal Mahal Palace, It encloses beautiful rooms with pleasant colour schemes of green, turquoise and white, which provides a fascinating contrast to the raw, earthy and grim fortress. The palace was rebuilt by Rana Fateh Singh in the late 19th century. The legendary Maharana Pratap was born here.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary :: Sited in the flourishing green zone of Udaipur, Kumbalgarh is the only sanctuary of Rajasthan, where activities of the rarely found wolf can be seen. This is one of the few parks that allows people on horseback. The best time to visit the reserve is from October to June.