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The Crowning Glory Of Rajasthan, KUMBHALGARH FORT.

Introduction

Kumbhalgarh fort is situated 82 km northeast of Udaipur by road. It was the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh fort.
It is a world heritage site included in hill forts of Rajasthan.

Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajasthan district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India.

About Kumbhalgarh fort.

The fort as we see today was built by Kumbhakarna aka Rana Kumbha of Mewar kingdom in the 15th century. It was designed by a famous architect of that period, named Mandan.

Nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Mountain Range, Kumbhalgarh near Udaipur is a majestic citadel and a major tourist attraction.

Surrounded by verdant forests, the fort attracts travelers due to its pristine location and architectural grandeur. Its 36-km long external wall is the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China.
According to local legends, Rana Kumbha faced many difficulties during the construction of the fort that he nearly abandoned it. Then a holy man told him that all these problems would end if a pure-hearted man willingly sacrificed his life for the construction.

On hearing this, the king was disappointed and that was when the holy man beheaded himself and sacrificed his life. After that, the king was able to build the fort without any problems.

It is believed that the entrance to the fort marks the place where the holy man’s head fell.

Kumbhalgarh Fort Architecture

Due to its mountainous location, Kumbhalgarh was built in the Rajput military hill architectural style that makes use of the defensive properties of the terrain. The fort is built on a hilltop at a height of about 3600 feet above sea level and enveloped by a 36-km long wall with seven fortified gateways.

The wall, which is listed among the longest walls in the world, is often called the Great Wall of India.

The frontal walls of the fort have a thickness of 15 feet. There are more than 360 temples inside the fort, out of which 300 are ancient Jain temples and the others are Hindu shrines. Though several additions were made to the fort by the rulers of Mewar over the years, the original structure exists even now.
1.) Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the largest fort complexes in the whole world and the second-largest fort in India, the first being the Chittorgarh Fort.

2.) The fort’s walls are so wide that eight horses can walk abreast through it.

3.) You have to cross seven massive gates before entering the fort. Each consecutive gate is narrower than the previous one. The gates were constructed in this manner so that elephants and horses can’t enter the fort beyond a certain point.

4.) King Samprati, who is believed to be the builder of the original fort, was the grandson of Emperor Ashoka.

What to see inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort?

#Badal Mahal, a two-storied structure built by Rana Fateh Singh.
#Lakhola Tank, constructed by Rana Lakha.
#Ram Pol, the main gateway to the fort.
#Aaret Pol, Hanuman Pol, and Halla Pol, other major gateways to the fort.
#Badshahi Bavdi, a water tank.
#Hindu temples, including the ancient Ganesha temple and Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple.
#Jain temples, including the Parsva Natha temple, Golera Jain temple, Mamdeo temple, Mataji temple, Surya Mandir, and Pital Shah Jain temple.
#Chattris, Baoris, and water reservoirs.

Local food delicacies you have to try.

When it comes to local delicaciesKumbhalgarh resort in Rajasthan is simply the best place to eat. Don’t miss the Gatte ki Subzi, a traditional Rajasthani specialty, wherein gram flour dumplings flavored with dry spices are boiled and then dunked into a yogurt-based curry.

Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort

Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort.

#Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (3 km)
#Ganga Govrdhan Museum (3.3 km)

How can I go to Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur?

The fastest way to reach from New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m. The recommended way to reach from

New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m.

Conclusion.

If you are a history lover or a historian then Kumbhalgarh Fort is definitely worth visiting. If you are not then too you should visit the place for its grandeur.

Kumbhalgarh, beyond any doubt, is a fascinating destination where several stories from the past await you, to be told and retold.

So, go ahead and enjoy a trip to this historic fort near Udaipur.

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