We went for a weekend getaway to Udaipur and thought why not visit this magnificent fort called Kumbhalgarh fort which was just a couple of hours away. Thus we decided to go along with the impromptu thought and hired ourselves a cab. There were three of us girls, me and my two colleagues. When we got in the cab, we didn't know what we going to see and find and had no idea that we were about to see a historical phenomenon. We were excited to just go on a road trip, singing songs and talking about what not, but we were in for a surprise.As we moved out of the main Udaipur suburb, I was mesmerized by the change in scenery. Living in the town of Bikaner all my life, I considered Udaipur as green. But as the scenery changed and became greener(surprisingly for me), I was awestruck.Ahhh...the lush green trees on both sides, the sound of water flowing and the mountains behind were all I could see and hear. The road was flanked on both sides by huge trees. And everything was clean.The passing villages and the locals made me feel like I was travelling back in time. My little time machine. In my mind, I was comparing every thing I saw with some literary work or other and I felt alive, so alive.I couldn't believe that I was in Rajasthan, I felt like I was off to somewhere in Himachal or Uttarakhand or somewhere in South India. And let me tell you guys I am a Rajasthani, born and bred. So, for me to feel like this, this awestruck and surprised was a big thing. And all I could think was how come you didn't know about this, you fool!!Two hours later, we reached the Kelwada village of the Rajsamand district. The fort is located on a mountain near that village. There is a thriving market near the base of the mountain and you can buy some things if you want to.Also, there are a few restaurants and hotels, so fill up you tummies before you go up as there is nothing near the fort. There is a restaurant in the fort but that is crowded and a little costly too.Now, living in Rajasthan, I have seen almost every fort in this royal state; be it Bikaner, Jodhpur, Ajmer or the most beautiful of them all, Chittorgarh fort(from the movie Padmavat) and every single one is majestic and can be seen from the distance, almost like the Eiffel tower in Paris.What struck me the most about this fort was how I could not see it until it was right in front of my eyes. It was huge and yet, invisible until our cab driver stopped the car. It is hidden by nature itself, enveloped in the mountains and covered in the mist and fog all around it by the clouds. That is also the reason why it isn't damaged or ruined by many invaders unlike every other fort I've been to, simply because they couldn't find it, they didn't know where to go. It was intact.
Kumbhalgarh Fort: Kumbhalgarh Fort is the 2 nd largest fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh which is located at a distance of 64 Kms from Udaipur. Its construction is attributed to Rana Kumbha of 1443-1458 A.D. under the supervision of famous architect Mandan, on the site of an older castle which traditionally belonged to Samprati, a Jaina prince of 2 nd century BC.
The great wall of Kumbhalgarh fort captured during our trek
Kumbhalgarh is an enormous Fort situated deep in the desert outside of Udaipur. It was built in the 15th century and took over a decade to complete. Kumblagrh fort is the second biggest among the forts which I had seen till now and certainly beautiful. A true example of royal architecture, It is 90 kms from Udaipur, approximately three hour ride from Udaipur. Fort is very huge and big, you will need at least three hours in order to explore it completely.
Mind it that the show begins as soon as the sun sets. So, there are no fixed timings. Don't get fooled by the timings mentioned on various sites. The ticket price is Rs 118/- per head.