Even though this fort is technically not in Udaipur, I would strongly recommend a visit. A lot of tourists shy away from visiting this place, mainly because of the long, winding uphill trek that leads up to the main fort. However, the journey is worth it. Kumbhalgarh Fort is a massive structure whose fortifications run approximately 36 kms. The unending wall fortifying the fort, is thus said to be the second largest wall in the world, after the ‘Great Wall of China’. One of the major attractions of the fort, is the Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace, which is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The view from this palace is breathtaking. From here, you can see the undulating walls spread across the Aravellis, slowly merging into the horizon.
It is but difficult to describe the sense of awe I felt when I laid eyes on the fort of Kumbha, the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The location of the fort, the fortifying wall and its structure, the many many temples within the fortress, deliberate architectural designs - these definitely depict a genius mind at work. The fort wall, 36 km long and in the shape of a ring, is claimed to be the longest wall in the world, second only to the Great Wall of China. The citadels are pot-shaped and used to be coated with a paste which rendered the walls super smooth. This made it impossible for an enemy to scale the fort wall even with the use of monitor lizards. The deadly spikes and hooks on the fort doors would have brought about excruciating death of an elephant ramming against the doors. Cannons placed strategically were used to take the enemy out in case they were able to gain entry into the fort by some miracle. The advantage of the view of the expansive area outside the fort must have offered excellent surveillance opportunities. The fort walls disappear among the vegetation at close range and this must have instantly put an unwanted visitor under disadvantage. If this kind of planning is not the work of a genius, then what is?! Kumbhalgarh is 100km from Udaipur and the drive is through narrow, winding roads in a hilly terrain. The road isn't great in many places and it was literally a roller coaster ride! The lush green hills, patches of neat, green farms, the winding Gomti river and eventually the fort itself more than compensate for the bumpy drive.
Majestic Wall of KumbhalgarhChina has Great Wall, India's answer to it is KUMBHALGARH Fort. It is some 200 odd KM from Jodhpur nearing Udaypur. So an early start to the place was essential. One of the best thing about Rajasthan is its road connectivity and condition of roadways. It is the best that you can ask for. Be it small villages that connects the main highways or the highways in itself.We went pass many native villages while admiring the raw side of Rajastani culture. Both men & women holds clourful clothes which makes them picture ready all the time. I sometimes felt like I by mistake have visited some movie set (Paheli).We reached around 11:30 at Kumbhalgarh. It was high up in the hills and hot. Not that we were expecting for. Soon as we moved out of the cab, I started clicking photographs. To be honest, I have never seen such huge overlayed monument ever before. To be specific, it is the second largest wall in the world after great wall of China.It consist of the main Fort and few Jain mandir spread across. Its a must to carry umbrella and adequate drinking water. Apart from 3 odd shops right in front of the entry gate, there is nothing much than pigeons and visitors.We headed back for few remaining spots to check on back at Jodhpur as all places for visits close done by 5PM. Not to miss is the Kachori on the way. One of the best chutney and kachori I have ever had.
We reached around 5pm at fort and was feeling great to watch "World's second longest wall" after Wall of China. The wall is 36 kms long and fort is birth place of "Maharana Pratap". The fort was well maintained cleanliness wise , was very big with many broken walls too. I don't know about all but I loved the place and heritage lovers will definitely love the place. After exploring the fort for 2 hours we left for Udaipur @ around 7.30 and reached @around 9.30 pm. Its 85kms from Kumbhalgarh fort to Udaipur. We checked in our pre booked Hotel "Raj Darshan" and relaxed.
Day 2After breakfast, we started early for Kumbhalgarh Fort. The road was scenic, probably the best road journey we had. Road in some portions was not that good specially as it was post monsoon period. But the beauty of Aravalli enthralled us.