Kumbhalgarh Fort is a massive fort built on the Aravalli ranges in the state of Rajasthan. The fort is located around 80 km northwest of Udaipur by road, in the district of Rajsamand. It is Rajasthan’s second largest fort, comes after Chittaurgarh Fort. It is one of the famous Hill Forts of Rajasthan and also comes in the list of popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India.
The fort is covered by a perimeter wall of length around 36 km which makes this wall the second longest wall in the world after Great Wall of China. This wall is also renowned as the Great Wall of India. The fort of Kumbhalgarh is the main dividing line between Mewar and Marwar.
The fort is constructed on the top of a hill at an elevation of 1100 m above the sea level. The long distant ranges of Aravalli and the sand dunes of Thar Desert can be seen from the top of the fort. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha in 15th century and hence the fort got its name from the same, called Kumbhalgarh. It was constructed under the supervision of great architect, Mandan. It is also the birthplace of the great king of Mewar, Maharana Pratap.
The fort houses more than 350 temples, gardens, water reservoirs, palaces such as Badal Mahal, Kumbha Palace, etc. and makes it the magnificent complex. In all these palaces, the most famous is Badal Mahal or the Palace of Cloud. It is situated at the highest point of the fort. The palace looks very attractive due to its amazing colour combinations and wall paintings. It offers a irrestible panaromic view of Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, settled in the hills of Aravalli.
This fort is a perfect tourist destination in Rajasthan. Every year a three day annual cultural festival is organized in the fort by tourism department of Rajasthan. In this festival various events take place such as live concerts, dance events, Heritage Fort Walk, turban tying, tug-of war, mehendi mandana, sound and light shows, etc.
The fort is open to public and is stunningly light up for small duration on every evening.
Entry Fee : Entry Fee for Indians : 10 Rs.
: Entry Fee for Foreigner : 100 Rs.
Timings : Visiting Hours – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Photography : Allowed
Nearest railway station : Falna Railway Station