Rajasthan, the place brings you with where the prismatic images of colorful garments and ornaments, lip-smacking cuisines, forts, and places. The humungous forts and palaces are the USP of Rajasthan attracting far-fetched tourists. Perhaps they are not only the monuments but are the saga in the form of non-element objects. Such forts and palaces revive the courageous and brave heart of the then ruler. Amongst all,
Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajsamand district stands amidst all.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh fort. The fort is a World Heritage Site center, included in the Hillforts in Rajasthan. During the 15th Century, the Kumbhalgarh fort by Rana Kumbha was constructed. It is after the name Rana Kumbha to which the Kumbhalgarh fort got its name.
During his reign, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the largest one out of the 34 forts. The Kumbhalgarh Fort went with many underlying histories to glory. The fort underwent many attacks overages.
One of the important attacks which last over the years is by Muhammad Khilji (1458-1459 and 1467), but it proved futile. Next in the year 1567, Akbar’s general captured. The year 1585 marked the victory for Maharana Pratap after he recaptured again. Finally, the Fort again captured by Mughal Emperorship in the year 1615. The Udaipur state got back the fort after the British army returned.
The first thing which attracts your eyes is the large bastion before you enter the fort. The architecture feature of the fort is the main reason to conclude about the Rajput stronghold against the enemy. After the Great Wall of China, the Kumbalgarh fort holds the largest wall in the world. You will notice the seven gates or pols before entering the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The fort has clever traps for the enemy.
The fort encompasses various spots for the tourist to view. Kumbha palace, Badal mahal, the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, and Jain temples sprawled the area. The most beautiful is the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. The temple is of Lord Shiva where you can see a five feet shiv lingam with architectural brilliance.
There are many other temples like Parsvanath Jain temple, the Bawan Devi temple, the Vedi temple, and the Ganesh temple.
The noteworthy place to see inside the fort is the Kumbha Palace. Structured with Rajputi style with an astonishing blue durbar hall, the Palace is a treat to the eyes. Perhaps one of the finest art in the fort. Adorned with paintings and sculptures the palace stands amongst the crowd.
One can have the panoramic view of the fort and its adjoining scenery from the palace.
The icing on the cake is the light and sound show, conducted every evening. To view the show one needs to pay 100 (adult) and 50 (children).
After the show, the fort is lighted up for an hour which spellbound the visitor. Kumbhalgarh festival is one of the attracting times where many tourists across the world to witness the most cultural festival. Well-known artists here perform at the festival which mesmerized everyone.
Although after visiting the Kumbhalgarh fort you will not feel to visit any other. But here are some places which spice up your tour even more!
Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur Dam, Shri Mata temple, Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary are some of the places for the visit.
The nearest railway station and the airport is both Udaipur Railway station and Udaipur Airport. It takes about a 2-hour journey to reach the Kumbhalgarh fort which is 84 kilometers away.
As the area is a humid place thereby October to mid-February is the ideal period to travel the city. Summer season is a way too hot which makes the tour unbearable.