Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. It was built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.
History of Kumbhalgarh Fort –
It was Maharana Kumbha who undertook the construction of this architectural marvel in the 15th century which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is perfectly surrounded by 11 peaks of the Aravalli Ranges. Its strategic position atop on a high ridge veiled by the surrounding peaks that have made it one of the most important and impregnable forts of the state. It was the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh Palace also beholds a very special place in the history and hearts of Rajputs. Explore the crowning jewel of Rajasthan on the Jaipur Kumbhalgarh Tour and experience the history.
Entry Fees – INR 15 for Indian citizens and INR 200 for Foreigners
Entry Timings – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Architecture and layout –
The instance you enter the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort towering loftily above, the sturdy rounded bastions will catch your eyes. The smartly designed architectural features of the fort made as an invincible stronghold of Rajput supremacy. With over seven imposing gates called pols guarding the entries to the Kumbhalgarh fort. Listen to the whispers of history as you walk the magnificent ramparts of the forts. Its wide wall is India’s Second longest Great wall that spreads 36 kilometers around the periphery of the fort with a width range from 15-25 feet at different places.
The ramp inside the fort leading up to the top of the hill that has many sharp turns made intentionally make it difficult for the enemy army to enter. In addition to that, this grand fortress leaves everyone by surprise when it comes to the Kumbhalgarh Fort height, as it stands tall at an elevation of 1100 meters on the Aravalli ranges.
Places to see inside the fortress –
The fort encompasses various important structures like the Kumbha Palace, Badal Mahal, and more than 360 Brahmanical and Jain Temples adorn the castle. Unlike the main fort and rampart, many temples elaborate on the delicately carved structures. Some of the major places of attraction are –
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – The most revered Hindu Temple of Neelkanth Mahadev is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s huge round dome, intricately carved ceilings of 24 pillars, wide courtyard, and 5 feet high lingam, the temple is an unmatched architectural attraction of this place.
- Parsvanath Jain Temple – The noteworthy site of Parsvanath Jain Temple is a Bhawan Devi Temple housing 52 shrines in its huge complex. It includes Vedi Temple and Ganesh Temple.
- Kumbha Palace – A double-story structure beholds a classic Rajput style with a beautiful blue darbar hall. As was dominant the mardana (men) and zenana (women) palaces are separated by a corridor. The Palace walls showcase the beautiful collection of paintings and friezes. It offers panoramic views of the entire fort and its nearby attractions.
- Others – The two most important historical attractions are the birthplace of Maharana Pratap known as “Jhalia ka Malia” near Pagda Pol. The other one is the last fortified gate, Nimbu Pol which bears testimony to the supreme sacrifice of the faithful maid Panna dhai. She was the one who saved the young Maharaja Udai Singh by sending her son in his place.
How to plan a day trip to Kumbhalgarh Fort?
Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh –
Distance from Udaipur: 85 kilometers
If you are in Udaipur, then plan your Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh Trip by hiring reliable cab rental services. It is the best way to plan a getaway with family or friends and enjoy your great time. Even if you are planning a Udaipur Tour Package, it is best recommended to plan an excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Jaipur to Kumbhalgarh –
Distance from Jaipur: 344 kilometers
If you are looking for the best place to plan a weekend getaway, then head on a trip to Kumbhalgarh by car. This will let you enjoy a wonderful road trip along with a chance to revel in the glorifying past of Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Nearby Attractions –
Ranakpur Jain Temples –
- Distance from Kumbhalgarh: 50 kilometers
The Jain Temple of Ranakpur is in the heart of the Aravalli hills having a fine specimen of art and culture that makes it a precious site of Rajasthan. Ranakpur Jain Temples was constructed in the year 1446 to 1496.
- Distance from Kumbhalgarh: 45 kilometers
The most famed mountain pass in the hills of the Aravalli Ranges is Haldighati. It has got its name from the yellow-colored soil of the region (turmeric). The mountain pass beholds the history of the Battle of Haldighati. The site of battle lies on the southwest side of Nathdwara.
How to reach?
The nearest airport and railway station to Kumbhalgarh is in Udaipur which is around 84 kms away. Udaipur is a well-connected city of Rajasthan having exclusive connectivity to other major places. From there you can hire a car in Udaipur to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort via road. If you are someone planning a trip to Kumbhalgarh from Jaipur, it is best to rent a cab from Jaipur. As it takes you directly to the destination in the most comfortable way.
Tips to explore Kumbhalgarh Fort –
- Taking a walk inside the fort follows a long steep trek. So wear comfortable footwear and water bottles to remain hydrated.
- Enjoy the light and sound show every evening at 6:45 pm that leaves everyone spellbound. History comes alive in this 45-minute show that depicts the tales of the Rajput dynasties of Mewar.
- After the show, the entire fort is illuminated for an hour and gives it a magical aura. This is a great time for clicking pictures.
- Every year the fort host the Kumbhalgarh Festival. It is one of the most important and culturally enriching festivals celebrating in this region.