is one of the finest examples of defensive fortification in Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh is about 85 km from Udaipur. The Kumbhalgarh fort was the
second most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. This
fort is rising from a prominent ridge at a height of 1914 meters high
from the sea level. The fort was built in 15th century AD by Rana
Kumbha. The climate in Kumbhalgarh is temperate. In summers the
temperature is about 42.6 degree Celsius and in winters it is about 11.6
degree Celsius. The best season to travel to Kumbhalgarh is from October
to February. English, Hindi and Rajasthani are the common languages
which are spoken here.History
Udai Singh ascended
the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residence and later
established Udaipur-the beautiful lake city. Within the fort are many
magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples. The most picturesque
of the palace is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the cloud.
The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures.
It offers a superb birds eye view of the countryside surrounding
the fort as well as of other ruins within the fort. The ancient ruins of
the temples within the fort date back to the Mauryan period built during
the reign of the grandson of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who belonged to
the Jai community. Most of the ruins in Kumbhalgarh are of the Jain
temples of various periods. Places to see
How to Reach
- Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort Of the thirty-two
forts that the great warriors King, Rana Kumbha built all over
Mewar, the most spectacular was Kumbhalgarh. In many ways, in fact
it is even more impressive than the Mewar citadel of Chittorgarh
itself. Built high in the hills wests of Chittorgarh in the mid-15th
century Kumbalgarh was called the "eye of Mewar" because
of its strategic position in relation to the Kingdom's aggressive
neighbours in Gujrat and Marwar. It was impregnable, having
withstood several attacks from the armies of Gujrat, Malwa and the
Mughals. Even Emperor Akbar after the conquest of mighty second
- Badal Mahal
At the citadel lies Badal Mahal with its
with delicate pastel-coloured murals in the 19th century. In these
chambers you can see an ingenious "air conditioning"
system with a series of ducts that draw cool air into the rooms and
ventilate them from the bottom rather than from the top as
conversation might dictate.
- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The 586 sq. km.
Sanctuary supporting a rich variety of wildlife like the
panther,sloth bear,wild boar, four horned antelope and
scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake, are the major
attractions.The sanctuary is also noted for flamingoes, cormorants,
spoonbills and egrets usually seen in winter.
- By Air
The nearest airport is at Udaipur which is
about 85 km.
- By Rail
Some train services connects Kumbhalgarh with
some of the cities of Rajasthan.
- By Road
A good network of roads links Kumbhalgarh
with many important cities in and outside the Rajasthan.