The kumbhalgarh fort: The crowning prestige of Rajasthan
April 23, 2019
by Akansha Sonali
Want to pack your bags and go to the best travel destination in India. well, we’re here to help.when you think of blending colors with cultures, what’s strikes you first?? well, definitely Rajasthan, the majestic city of maharajas and awe-inducing forts. Ranging from royal sweetness i.e Kesar Bati to the very toothsome Dal Bati(one of the must-haves in Rajasthan). There are nearly 30 cities in Rajasthan but this time I am taking you to this place called Kumbhalgarh which owns a history of its own. The majestic forts of this enchanting city are the truest symbol of its magnificent past. The colorful turbans, luscious food, and warm people welcome you wherever you go.
The Kumbhalgarh Fort History:
Rana Kumbha was the one who found the fort of Kumbhalgarh and got it constructed in the 15th century.it is said that Maharana Kumbha failed to build the fort’s wall several times as every-time it got demolished on its own. Then later consulted a saint about this problem, he advised them that to behead him and build up a temple wherever his head fell.he also asked to build a wall where his body laid and guess what? The world’s second largest wall was built who is also now a UNESCO world heritage site.13 mountain peaks surround the fort of Kumbhalgarh, 7 huge gates guard the fort and the watchtowers further strengthen it. A thick wall of 36kms long surrounds this remarkable fort. Kumbhalgarh is also the place where Maharana Pratap was born. The perimeter of the wall is the longest after the Great Wall of China. The multifaceted fort is about 1100m high from the sea level and They are not just sagas in stone but also the symbol of valor and spirit of the Rajputs. It’s a great defensive fortress on a 3500 feet high hill.
Main Attractions Inside The Fort:
The main attractions of the fort consist of enthral palaces along with about 360 different types of temples inside it with 300 being the Jain temples and remaining being the Hindu temples. The fort area circumscribes various important structures like the Kumbha palace, Badal Mahal, birthplace of Maharana Pratap, and an astonishing 360+ Brahmanical and Jain temples. be-speckling the landscape. Unlike the main fort and other forts in India which are built using sturdy stone blocks that have survived the ravages of time, the temples are elaborately and exquisitely figurine(carved by hands).you will see exceptional human excellence.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Entry Fees & Timings:
There is an entry fee of INR 15 for citizens of India and visitors of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries. For foreigners, it is INR 200.
Kumbhalgarh fort opening time is from 9 AM to 6 PM every day. It is no doubt that Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the matchless not only in Rajasthan but also the world and should be at least visited once in life. And so just in case, you’re planning a holiday to Rajasthan to visit this wonderful marvel along with many others.
5 must experience in Kumbhalgarh:
The Haldi Ghati:
The historic Battle of Haldighati, took place in the year 1576 AD between Rana Pratap Singh, the great Hindu Rajput ruler of Mewar in Rajasthan and Raja Man Singh of Amber. This battle is considered one of the most significant events in the history of the Rajputs, and this battle was also one of the shortest battles in Indian history, which lasted for only 4 hours. Today, the Haldighati pass, in which the battle took place sings great memoirs of Raja Rana Pratap Singh and his brave horse Chetak. it’s a must visit if you love to know the roots of your country and are a Philomath. The turmeric sand holds several screams of the bloody battle that is reflected in its color. The best time to visit the haldighati pass is during the morning and noon times when the sun reflects the true colors of the Ghati. Wouldn’t you love to get yourself to this historic site which has a lot in store to be explored?
One of the most significant and extensive Jain temple complexes that can be found in the country, the Ranakpur Jain Temple holds immense importance for all Jains. Spread over an area of 4,500 square yards and consisting of 29 halls. The Ranakpur Temple is distinguished all across the globe for its brilliant architecture and was voted amongst the top 77 wonders of the world. The main eye-catching feature is the domes of the temples which exhibit artistic beauty of ancient times. Each enticing pillars tells a story. The religious vibe and catchy design of the temple compel the pilgrims and tourists from all around the world. This is a must place to be if you’re a fan of art and architecture who loves exploring details. But the architectural marvel here is the network of 1,444 pillars, Each pillar is unique in its design with a dense network of pillars. The placement of the pillars has been done keeping natural light angles and shadows in focus.No two pillars are identical, finely carved with floral designs and heroes and damsels with complex geometrical patterns.
Aravalli hills range:
Wondering what’s the length of this enormously large mountain range is? It extends to a whopping length of 692 km spreading across four states of India which are Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, and Delhi. It continues as isolated hills and rocky ridges, the scenic beauty is impossible to ignore as you travel. The Aravalli’s intercept the state of Rajasthan on its stretch making its way beautifully. With the onset of the monsoons, the Aravalli booms with the numerous species of plants and animals. The Aravalli expedition gives you a lot of photography opportunities. It may also give you the opportunity to enchant with the nomadic tribes. Geologists say that the mountain range is as old as 350 million years which is like older than the Himalayan Range. Thus making it the oldest range of fold Mountains in India and serves as a great tourist attraction.
Badal Mahal: A Splendid Palace Inside The Fort
Badal Mahal is a part of the Kumbhalgarh Fort and attracts a large number of tourists for its astounding architecture and grandeur. This is a 2-storied palace, located at the top of the fort, known for its colorful murals and breath-taking views. Due to its location at the top, the palace is airy and well ventilated and hence named as Badal Mahal or The Palace of Clouds. The palace is divided into two sections: Zanana for the womenfolk and Mardana for the men of the royal clan. The sunset here is explicitly alluring. I went for my Kumbhalgarh trip in January & it was so chilly by the evening the winds make you feel pleasantly cold. Besides you can notice seven ramparts, reinforced by rounded bastions and huge watchtowers and also a bird-eye view of the city. The climb will take about an hour. There is also a light and sound show every evening between 7.30 and 8.00 PM at this fort.
Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary:
At a distance of 3 km from Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the lush green environs of Aravalli ranges of Rajsamand district, Rajasthan. The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort and is named after the impressive historic fort. The sanctuary houses many wildlife species like a panther, wild boar, wolf, jackal, sambar, leopards, hyena, nilgai, chinkara, etc. Apart from its vibrant wildlife, the sanctuary is also home to various birds like flamingos, grey jungle fowl, doves, peacocks, parakeets, grey pigeons. The flora of this sanctuary is also diverse. The Sanctuary is known for its high hills and narrow valleys that add to the scenic beauty of the hills. The sanctuary offers exciting jungle safaris and horseback tours. It is a 10 km safari in open jeep from a place near the fort and it takes 2 hours.