Best MonthsSeptember - February
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank1 out of 4 attractions in Rajsamand
This fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after the Chittorgarh Fort. It is a magnificent fort built by Rajput Rulers. The fort complex has as many as 13 bastionas and huge wall which holds the record for being the Second largest wall in the whole world, the first being the Great Wall of china of course. The fort can be easily reached by local buses and cars and the way to the entrance includes zig- zag roadways and forests also. Inside the fort complex are many palaces and temples apart from other buildings of royal importance. This is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh. This fort was a refuge for other rulers and their families during war times. This fort is also said to have protected Rana Udai Singh when he was very small and there was a battle. The most famous palace here is the rooftop palace known as the Badal Mahal. This palace is colorful and gives the look of a room floating amidst the clouds. The basic colors used here turquoise and green and Maharana Pratap is said to have born in this palace specifically. There is also a large balcony from where you can get the best views of downtown. Strolling along the ravines of Kumbhalgarh is also a blissful experience.
Reviews of Kumbhalgarh Fort • 13
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.
Day 5, 8 am - Late to bed, early to rise. We were on the road again, this time to visit 2 forts that were situated in the vicinity of Udaipur city. The first one was Kumbhalgarh Fort, a majestic Mewar fortress that sits on top of the Aravalli Hills. It is said to have been extremely difficult to conquer owing to its location and the construction. You will notice that it is impossible to get a clear view of the walls unless you are near the Fort. But you cannot see the buildings within the Fort until you enter the gates. The locals say that it was this unique design which helped the rulers successfully defend the Fort against many invading armies. If you feel a bit adventurous, feel free to stroll upon the walls of the Fort!
Third day, I started early as I knew that I couldn’t cover all the places planned if I start late. 6.30 am I planned on riding to Kumbalgarh fort which is located 80 km from Udaipur city. Gosh!! I didn’t feel exhausted for a single minute while I was riding 700 km since past 2 days but this 80 km stretch was hell of a ride. It took 2.5 hours to reach the fort but it was completely worth it.
Kumbhalgarh Fort was constructed by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century. One of the specialties of the fort is that it is the birthplace of the famous warrior and King of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. The near invincible fort is the most highest and strongest of forts in Rajasthan. The fort was a challenge to the greatest of kings. The fort stands formidably on 1180 m high ridge. You are sure to be stunned by the sight of the fort, which is protected by thirteen mountain peaks of Aravali. The fort is protected and surrounded by a thick wall of approximately 15 kms long. This is the second longest wall in the world and the first is known the world over – The Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh Fort is not to be missed on your tour if you want to know about the mighty people they were in the past.
Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress, it is the world heritage site. It is the second most important fort of the Mewar rulers of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This fort is encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peeks. It is 1, 914 meters above the sea level. The fortification of this fort extends up-to 32-36 kilometers. As you walk up the zig zag path of the fort you will come across the Arait Pol, where you can trace the watch-tower and then Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol. This place is also famous as it is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The foundation of the fort is very strong structured, You will come across many temples built inside the fort. This place gives will you the most dazzling view of the clouds.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Situated on the banks of Banas River; the bulbous [Kumbhalgarh] fortress was one of the least-known yet historic citadel, took 15-long years for Rana Kumbha to build. And, what a stupendous creation of man containing a domed palace along the 36km long winding walls that defended the citadel from series of battlements and second-only to the famous Great Wall of China.