Kumbhalgarh Fort offers numerous sightseeing options. From Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary to the offbeat village of Ghanerao, the places to visit in Kumbhalgarh are plenty. Located midway between Udaipur and Jodhpur in the Rajsamand district of the royal state of Rajasthan, the fort has the country’s longest running fort wall, encompassing a distance of 36 km, second only to the Great Wall of China. No wonder the massive 15th century structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Great Wall of India, as it is popularly known, Kumbhalgarh Fort is known to have been built by Rana Kumbha. The mighty Mewar Fort stands at a height of 3,600 feet, houses 360 Jain and Hindu temples, overlooks Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. This fort is also the birth place of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. People say that even the mighty Mughals couldn’t capture it alone and it took the combined armies of Delhi, Amber and Marwar to breach its defences.
The fort boasts of seven massive gates, seven ramparts folded with one another with designed walls toughened by curved bastions and huge watch towers. The hefty walls of the fort are broad enough to stand eight horses side by side. The width of wall varies from 15 to 25 feet.
The fort is also known for its famous palace that resides on the top of structure. This beautiful palace is known as ‘Badal Mahal’ or the Palace of Cloud. It is also accredited to be the birth place of great warrior Maharana Pratap. This palace has beautiful rooms with lovely color combination of green, turquoise and white presenting a bright contrast to the earthy colors of the Fort. This place gives the appearance of being wandering in the world of clouds. Cloud Palace also offers a fantastic panoramic vista of the down town.
Off late, several resorts and hotels have been set up around the historic property giving the tourists a dive into the culture of Rajasthan.
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How To Reach
By road: The nearest bus stand can be found in Nathdwara, some 64 km away. After that you can take a hired taxi or local bus.
By rail: The nearest railway station is in Rani (35 km), Pali
By air: Dabok Airport (168 km) in Udaipur is the closest airport.