Kumbhalgarh fort is loacated at a distance of 84 km from Udaipur and it falls under the Rajsamand district. The fort is blessfully placed in the arms of Aravalli hills. Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top around 1914 meters above the sea level.
Before we enter to see the great architecture of Kumbhalgarh Fort we go through deep ravines and thick forests. This way would take you to the Arait Pol, where you can trace the watch-tower and then Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol will come across your track.
Kumbhalgarh fort has seven massive gates which are built in such a way that no enemy can ever enter it, making this fort invincible. The fort has 360 temples in it, the most famous of them being The Shiva Temple that has a huge Shivalinga (Phillic Form).
The majestic palace is also known as Badal Mahal (The Palace Of Cloud). This is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The wall of Khumbhalgarh is believed to be the second largest in the world being 15 km long after The Great Wall Of China.
The width of the wall varies from 15 to 25 feet, it is said that eight horse could run side by side on this wall. The wall runs through the Kumbhalgarh national park which supports great variety of flora and fauna and provides shelter to various endangered animals like panthers and leopards. Maharana fateh singh renovated the fort in the 19th century.
History of Kumbhalgarh Fort
The history of the fort dates back 1303 A.D. the current form of the fort was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. Kumbhalgarh is the place where prince Udai was smuggled to in 1535. This happened when Chittor was under siege. Prince Udai later became the successor of the throne and the founder of the Udaipur city.
Once in the entire history that Kumbhalgarh was taken or it could not defend itself was when the combined armies of Emperor Akbar, Raja Udai Singh of Amber along with the armies of Raja Man Singh of Marwar attacked the fort of Kumbhalgarh and that too happened due to the scarcity of water.
The earliest name of the fort is believed to be Machhindrapur. The original fort is believed to be built by King Samprati of the Maurya Age.
Things to do near kumbhalgarh fort
Exploration of Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary surrounding the fort
Jungle trail in the Aravalli mountain range
Experience the native village settlements and living of the locals
There is a seasonal lake before Kumbhalgarh, you must give a stop there if you visit during monsoon.