We started the ride from mumbai to rajasthan on bike. our first destination was kumbhalgarh fort located around 80kms from udaipur . Its a Unesco world heritage site built by RANA KHUMBHA and one of the most important fort in mewar.The entry ticket is 40 rupees and you also have to pay some parking fees to the locals. i would suggest get a certified guide for this fort to understand the history better ,the local certified guide will charge aroud 450 INR which is worth.People say that the walls are built around 83 kms and it is one the forts which enemies were never ever able to beat. Kumbhalgarh is also know as AJAY fort as it was never defeated.With the walls of the fort extending to 83 kms its the second longest continuous walls after great wall of china and also the second largest fort in india after chittor fort. you have good parking space there and amazing route to travel from udaipur. Last but not the least please travel the fort during the day light. the fort closes early by 4 or 5 pm.Mastery in buildings and town planning at its best. In the medieval times with limited access to technological tools, thought process in the construction has to be perceived when visiting these forts and monuments. Artistic finesse, attention to detail and planning concept has to be imbibed when visiting here.
While most Indian forts either have a hill-top vantage point or a forest as a protective cover, this one at Kumbhalgarh has both. It stretches across a hill range, giving watchmen a clear line of vision till miles away, it also lies in the heart of what is now a wildlife sanctuary. Kumbhalgarh is one of the six hill-forts of Rajasthan, which enjoys a UNESCO World Heritage status. Although, it isn’t as popular as the forts of Amer (Jaipur) and Jaisalmer’s forts. Distance and accessibility have played a major role in driving footfalls - the fort’s location is 90 kms north of the nearest town and airport, at Udaipur. As a visitor drives north from Udaipur, the road begins to swing through hills after a point. An hour of drive through the lush vegetation across the hills brings one closer to a faint glimpse of the fort. Although it not be large in scale, it still leaves a person in awe.The Bhairava Temple sits inside the fort.
The first sight of the fort’s front is of massive, battle-mented walls coming along a long hill range, and sheilding the palace complex. If one were to arrive here a little after sunrise, the buildings of the palace complex glow in the sun. A large gate in the battle-mented walls allows people to enter the fort. Most vehicles are parked just outside this gate with only a select few being allowed access within. Walking past a couple of temples on the left, one enters a gateway leading inside the palace complex. Unlike the elegant palace complexes of Udaipur, this one is simpler and more functional in nature. The emphasis is again on height and a winding pathway leads up, with a flight of stairs leading to the higher levels. At the very top is the Badal Mahal, an apt name for a place that seems built to touch the clouds. Most of the rooms in the complex are bare, the exception being a set of rooms bearing an elaborate pattern of fighting elephants on their walls. The palace complex is an interesting place, built and added by generations of rulers.
Today, Kumbhalgarh Fort and the surrounding wall which is next to the Great Wall of China in Asia make one of the best tourist attractions of Rajasthan. Accessible to the public, the fort can be reached from Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar. It is said that the history of the place where Kumbhalgarh Fort was built dates back to the 2nd century, the Mauryan Era of ancient India.
Apart from residential rooms, there are several courtyards within, some with small shrines and others with water tanks or gardens. Monkeys leap across the courtyards in places, looking for a spot to munch their meal in peace. Various points in the palace complex offer an incredible view of the countryside around. In an earlier era, guards stationed here could alert the garrison of an attacker from miles. Today, for a visitor, it is the view provided by the palace complex of the inside of the fort that makes the place truly exciting. From the palace complex’s windows and turrets, the fort spreads itself out in front of you. A group of large shrines on the right, a cluster of older temples on a hill in front, a few temple shikharas peep from behind a hill, an irrigation tank’s wall is visible on another side - the fort seems alive with temples.
Temple inside Kumbhalgarh Fort
According to historians, there are as many as 360 Hindu and Jain temples inside the fort. You’ll find temples are indeed everywhere in the fort.
Ram Ram Sa