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About the Destination - Kumbhalgarh
General Information

Kumbhalgarh, an imposing fort built in 1458 AD set amid massive ramparts and surrounded by hundreds of temples, the creation of one of Mewar's legendary heroes Rana Kumbha and the birthplace of the legendery warrior Rana Pratap.
The 36 km fort wall is claimed to be the second longest wall after the great wall of China. The fort has seven grand gates and ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring towers add to its grandeur. The last gate or the Nimboo Pol has fascinating chambers within
There is an array of old palaces within the fort and Badal Mahal, the highest of all the palaces offering glorious views of the countryside. Built by Rana Fateh Singh in the late 19th century, it has beautiful apartments painted with pastel-coloured murals
Kumbhalgarh is located at a distance of 50 kms from Ranakpur, 84 kms from Udaipur, 130 kms from Mount Abu, 200 kms from Jodhpur, 50 kms from Nathdwara and 300 kms from Ahmedabad.

    Climate :

  • Summers: 30 - 40° C
  • Mild winters: 10-28° C

    Clothing required :

  • Light tropical in summer, carry hats and sun-screen lotions
  • Woollens in winter

Location & Directions

Shopping

At the City Palace, Udaipur: 90 km

  • Aashka: This souvenir and lifestyle boutique at Manek Chowk, has been conceptualised by Ms. Bhargavi Kumari Mewar of Udaipur and offers a unique collection of arts and crafts of the Udaipur and Mewar region: mementoes in metal, wood, glass and fabric.
  • Anokhi: Drop in for contemporary crafted textiles, furnishings and accessories with the distinct hand-block printing of Rajasthan
  • Udaya: The City Palace Museum Shop offers books, CDs and mementoes

Shopping within the city of Udaipur: 84 kms

    Udaipur has a proud heritage as a centre for crafts and performing arts.

  • Miniature paintings: Udaipur is famous for its school of miniature paintings in the Rajput-Mughal style. These paintings, meticulous in detailing and delicate in brushwork, are done on cloth, marble, wood, paper and even leaves.
  • Beautifully crafted enamel work called Meenakari is also a good buy in Udaipur. Filigree animals and birds richly coloured in ruby reds, blues, greens and whites form a dominant theme.
  • Tie and dye fabrics: Bandhini and Lehariya, age-old techniques of tying and dyeing fabrics are another specialty of the region.
  • Marble inlay products: Stone crafts with exquisite marble inlay such as table tops, lampshade and other artefacts are exclusive to Udaipur region
  • Silver jewellery and artefacts, old gold jewellery
  • Terracotta handicrafts from nearby village of Molela are available at West Zone Cultural Centre and Shilp Gram

Languages spoken:

  • English, Hindi, Mewari. Accredited guides who speak French, German, Spanish, Italian

City Sights


Discover the rich cultural and eco-heritage of Kumbhalgarh as you visit

Temple towns:

  • Kailashpuri (75 km; also known as Eklingji):
    En route to Nathdwara , it houses the shrine of Mewar's supreme Lord, Shri Eklingji (Shiva), patron deity of the ruling family of Mewar. It is a much-frequented place of pilgrimage.
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Nagda - Sahastra Bahu (80 km):
    It is one of the most ancient places in northern India. Capital of the Guhilots before they took Chittoe (734 AD), Nagda along with Chittor and Ahar, eventually became the heart of the region called Medpat (later renamed Mewar).
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Nathdwara - Shrinath ji Temple (50 km):
    This temple town houses the famous statue of Lord Krishna that made the shift from Mathura in the 17th century as per a well-known legend. Unfortunately, temple rules do not allow non-Hindus to enter the temple that houses the famous statue.
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Ranakpur – the Jain temple town:
    (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)

Historic forts and sites:

  • Kumbhalgarh Fort: 2 km Indisputably, the Fort commands all of ones attention. It has seven grand gates and ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring towers add to its grandeur. The last gate or the Nimboo Pol has fascinating chambers within.

There are as many as 360 temples, mostly ruined Jain temples, the main ones being Nilkanth Mahadev, Vedi, Mammadev and Kumbhaswami Temple. Among the array of old palaces within the fort is Badal Mahal, the highest of all the palaces offering glorious views of the countryside. Built by Rana Fateh Singh in the late 19th century, it has beautiful apartments painted with pastel-coloured murals.

  • Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (10 km): Surrounds the fort and is spread over an area of 586 km. The wildlife population includes panthers, wolves, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes and scientifically bred crocodiles, besides migratory birds during winters.
  • Mucchal Mahavir Temple, a temple situated in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary houses the statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache. Two elephant statues, superb examples of architecture, stand as guards on the gateways of the temple. The nearby Garasia Tribal Villages also attract tourist attention.
  • Parshruram temple 9 Km: A Shiva Temple near Kumbhalgarh.
  • Haldighatti (60 km): This is the field for the famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh and the Mughal armies of Emperor Akbar. A geographical feature of the pass ('ghati') is its soft yellow soil.- Haldighatti (85 km): This is the field for the famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh and the Mughal armies of Emperor Akbar. A geographical feature of the pass ('ghati') is its soft yellow soil. (Read more in the Eternal Mewar encyclopedia)
  • Chittorgarh (200 km): Being the most important bastion of Rajput power, its occupation was the primary objective of any would-be ruler. From this grand fort, the Rajputs offered a prolonged and determined resistance against mainly Muslim invaders from Afghanistan, and the Delhi Sultanates and Mughal Empire of North India. It was already the capital of the Mewar kingdom when Bapa Rawal of the Guhilot family captured it and was crowned Rawal of Mewar in 734 AD.
    Read more....

Lakes & Resorts :

  • Kelwa river: 5 Kms It is one of three water courses Maharana Raj Singh I dammed to create Rajsamand Lake. The other two were the Tali and Gomati.
  • Rajsamand Lake: 45 km The reason for the dam and lake was to provide employment for victims of a widespread drought and famine (1661), and to provide canal irrigation to local farmers. The digging of its foundations began on January 1, 1662. Ranchod Rai, the elder son of Purohit Garibdas, the Royal Priest, laid the foundation stone on April 17, 1665.
    Read more...

THREE MUST DO'S - AT THE AODHI

  • Walk on the fort walls
  • View the hills and valleys from the highest point - the Badal Mahal
  • Enjoy afternoons by the pool of The Aodhi
  • Choose from the many indoor game facilities, making for memorable family time