Our first stop in Rajasthan was The Kumbhalgarh Fort – a place I had never heard of before. It hurts to know that a fort with its wall which is said to be 36km long running along the aravali mountains , second only to Great Wall of China and with so much of history to talk about is not known to many in their own country.
Th place is really majestic, stands on top of a high hill where you reach by walking for too long. But once up the views are awesome and makes the journey worth it. It’s from here you can see the size of the fort and the majestic walls. You can hire a guide at the entrance which is definitely a good idea if you have absolutely no idea about the history of kumbhalgarh.
Situated on the banks of Banas River, Kumbhalgarh fort was built in 1443 AD by Rana Kumbha. It took 15-long years to build this massive fort. The long winding walls was instrumental in preventing the enemy to capture the fort. The fort was the most difficult one to capture and was captured only once but was recaptured by the Mewar rulers again. It was one of the most important part of the Mewar history. The fort was also the birth place of Maharana Pratap.
It has hundreds of Hindu and Jain temples within. A lot of villagers still live inside the fort. The fort is surrounded by the Kumbhalgarh wild life sanctuary and is guarded by seven lofty gates. The steep walls are wide enough for eight horses to march abreast.
The sound and light show at night brings alive it’s history making you feel as if the characters are actually in front of you. After the show the place is lit up with lights & this is when the beauty of the fort comes alive. It looks absolutely stunning.
The fort looks the best from the outside. Stop on the opposite side of the hill that houses it, and you can see it in all its majesty … really not to be missed 🙂