Kumbhalgarh is known for the 15th century fort at a distance of around
84 km from Udaipur in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. The
fort city is well connected to the other parts of Rajasthan by road.
Castle in the sand !
Rana Kumbha of Mewar built this great defensive fortress on an 1100 m
high hill overlooking the approaches from Ajmer and Marwar in 15th
century. Today, precisely because it is within easy reach of Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Ajmer, and Pushkar- yet off the well-trodden tourist-
Kumbhalgarh is an attractive destination.
Kumbhalgarh is the second most important bastion in the Mewar region,
after Chittorgarh. Where it now stands, was once the site of an
ancient citadel dating back to the 2nd century AD. That citadel
belonged to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. Rana Kumbha
founded the fort of Kumbhalgarh in the 15th century. Kumbhalgarh in
Rajasthan, India is one of the few forts in India that remain
unconquered till date. One of the reasons behind this is the
inaccessibility and hostile topography of the fort. Maharana Fateh
Singh got the fort renovated in the 19th century.
provided refuge to the rulers of Mewar in the times of conflict,
especially Udai, the baby king of Mewar. It is also the birthplace of
Maharana Pratap, a legendary King of Mewar. The fort was made in such
a way to protect it against the enemy forces. Encircling the fort is a
36 km long wall, with width thick enough to accommodate eight horses
abreast. A self-sufficient fort, Kumbhalgarh was built with almost
everything within its premises, with a view to endure a long siege. A
number of palaces as well as temples inside the fort add to its
appeal. Only once in its lifetime, the fort fell to the combined
Mughal and Amber armies, that to because of a scarcity of drinking
Apart from this magnificent fort, Kumbhalgarh travel and tourism is
known for a number of other attractions also. The Kumbhalgarh wildlife
sanctuary is the perfect place for the nature lovers. It is home to
some of the exotic species of animals as well as birds. Then there is
the Muchchal Mahavir temple, dedicated to Lord Mahavira and Haldighati,
the venue of a famous historical battle. One thing is for sure, that
you will not be disappointed with a visit to this fortress city.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over an area
of 578 sq km, the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide
variety of wildlife. Wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle
cat, nilgai, four horned antelope, chinkara, grey jungle fowl and a
number of other animals inhabit this sanctuary. A birds watcher's
paradise, the sanctuary serves as a habitat of peacocks, doves, red
spur owls, parakeets, golden oriole, gray pigeons, bulbul, white
breasted kingfisher, etc.
Kumbhalgarh Fort: Rana Kumbha got the Kumbhalgarh
fort constructed in the 15th century. One of the few forts in
Rajasthan that have remained unconquered. Kumbhalgarh was also the
birthplace of Maharana Pratap, Mewar's legendary king. The attractions
of the fort include a number of fascinating palaces and an array of
temples inside it. The fort is enclosed by a thick wall, running up to
36 km and offers a splendid view of the surroundings.
Haldighati: Haldighati was the venue of the famous
battle fought between Rana Pratap (son of Udai Singh) and the Mughal
Emperor Akbar in 1576 AD. Haldighati has a chhatri (cenotaph) of Rana
Pratap with white marble columns. Also present, is a small chatri
dedicated to Rana Pratap's famous horse Chetak.
Muchchal Mahavir Temple: Muchchal Mahavir temple is
famous for a statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache, which it
enshrines. Guarding the gateways of the temple are two beautiful
elephant statues. The temple is situated in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary,
approximately 5 km from Ghanerao.