KUMBHALGARH – Birth place of Maharana Pratap

Location: Rajsamand district , Rajasthan

Climate: October to February is pleasant, rest all months are hot.

Places to See: Kumbhalgarh FortNeelkanth Mahadeo temple, Parsava Nath Temple, Lakhola Tank etc

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Nested in the Aravali ranges , 84 kms northwest of Udaipur is Kumbhalgarh.Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of  Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of  Mewar. Kumbhalgarh also separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was used as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger.Kumbhalgarh Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a  UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan in the year 2013. A lot of travelers who travel to the place love its heritage, its history and numerous other ancient temples and monuments

Climate in Kumbalgarh

Summers (April to June) in Kumbhalgarh are extremely hot and uncomfortable, with temperatures ranging from 33 to 48 degree celsius.Moderate rainfall is observed during the months of July to September. Irregular showers are dominated by strong winds in monsoons. The rainfalls make kumbhalgarh look very beautiful during this season. The winter season starts from the month of October and lasts till February end, and the weather remains pleasantly cool with temperature ranging from 28°C to 35°C.

Tourist Attractions in Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort – Built on a hilltop 1,100 m (3,600 ft) above sea level, the fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 km, making it one of the longest walls in the world.The fort was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. Rana Kumbha’s kingdom of Mewar stretched from Ranthambore to Gwalior and included large tracts of erstwhile Madhya Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. Out of the 84 forts in his dominion, Rana Kumbha is said to have designed 32 of them, of which Kumbhalgarh is the largest and most elaborate. The inaccessibility and the hostility of the topography made it a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar during the time of danger. The famous case is , it served as a refuge to king Udai of Mewar in his early childhood when Banbir killed Vikramaditya and usurped the throne. Prince Udai who later succeeded to the throne was also the founder of the Udaipur City. The fort remained impregnable to direct assault, and fell only once, due to a shortage of drinking water, to the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas in Gujarat. With a wall over 38 km long, the fort is among the largest wall complex in the world, and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort.

Badal Mahal is also a part of the main fort. Built by Rana Fateh Singh , the mahal is divided in two sections: Zanana and Mardana Halls for ladies and men respectively.The Zanana Mahal features stone jalis from where the Quess used to see the court proceedings and other events.Decorated beautifully with art paintings the Mahal walls attract a lot of art lovers towards it.

Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple is located on the eastern side of the fort built during 1458 CE. The central shrine of Shiva is approached through a rectangular enclosure and through a structure supported by 24 huge pillars. The idol of Shiva is made of black stone and is depicted with 12 hands.

Parsva Natha temple (built during 1513), Jain temple on the eastern side and Bawan (52) Jain temples and Golera Jain temple are the major Jain temples in the fort.Mataji temple, also called Kheda Devi temple is located on the southern side of Neela Kanth temple. Mamdeo temple, Pital Shah Jain temple and Surya Mandir (Sun temple) are the other major temples inside the temple.

Excursions from Kumbalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary surrounds the kumbhalgarh fortress and covers an area of 578 km2 (223 sq mi). The sanctuary extends across the Aravalli ranges, covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali districts, ranging from 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft) elevation. Its ecoregionis that of Gir forests. Kumbalgarh Sanctuary was one of the places that were considered for the reintroduction of the Asiatic Lion.The sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife,some of which are endangered species. The wildlife includes the wolf, leopard, hyena, bear, jackal,sambhar, nilgai, etc. The birds at Kumbhalgarh includes the normally shy and untrusting peacock, jungle fowl, doves can be sighted feeding on grains scattered by the jungle guards. Birds like the spur fowl,parakeet,bulbul, pigeon, dove and the great indian kingfisher  can also be seen near the water holes.

Rajsamand Lake is one of the five popular lakes of Mewar. Located 66 km in the north of Udaipur, Rajsamand Lake lies between the cities of Rajnagar and Kankroli. It is also known by the name of Rajsamudra Lake in Rajasthan.The river Gomti is the main supplier of water to Rajsamand Lake.Rajsamand Lake was made the seaplane base of Imperial Airways during World War II, for over six years.

The Rajasthan Tourism Department organizes a three-day annual festival in the fort in remembrance of the passion of Maharana Kumbha towards art and architecture. Sound and light shows are organized with the fort as the background. Various concerts and dance events are also organised to commemorate the function. The other events during the festival are Heritage Fort Walk, turban tying, tug-of war and mehendi mandana among others.

Accommodation – Hotels/Resorts in Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh also have good hotels and resorts for guest to stay for 2–3 days like Kumbhalgarh Forest Retreat, Ramada, Mahindra, Aoudhi.All sorts of budget Hotels can be found depending on the pocket.

How to Reach Kumbhalgarh.

By Air

Maharana Pratap Airport. Maharana Pratap Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is the nearest Airport, which is approx 65 kms from Kumbhalgarh.From the airport bus and taxi services are available.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Falna which is approx 90 kms from Kumbhalgarh. Taxi services are available from the station itself  depending on a single day or a night stay option.Falna is well connected with Delhi, jaipur, Jodhpur.

By Road

The most convenient way to reach Kumbhalgarh is to book a private cab from Udaipur. en route to Nathdwara (srinathji) and Haldi Ghati. the distance is approx 100 kms.Rajasthan State Government Roadways provides ordinary as well as deluxe buses which stop at Kumbhalgarh en-route to other cities. The town is connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar by state buses which ply frequently.

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