Kumbhalgarh Tourism

Kumbhalgarh Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Kumbhalgarh lies in the southern part of Rajasthan and is located at about 105 km from the western part of Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh, which is also known as Kumbhalmer is a Mewar fortress, located in the district of Rajsamand in the state of Rajasthan.   

History of Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh was virtually inaccessible in earlier times and the Rana Kumbha of Mewar designed it keeping the defensive aspect of the fort in his mind. The fort designed by him was at a height of 3,500 feet above sea level, which is comfortable enough to provide clear views of the areas of Ajmer and Marwar. 

Although Kumbhalgarh was built in the 15th century it was extended during the 19th century. The site of Kumbhalgarh was earlier a fort, and was under the dynasty of Prince Samprati. He was the Jain descendant of the Mauryan emperors of India. The fort houses more than 360 temples, including 300 ancient Jain ones and the remaining are Hindu temples.               

Things to do in Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort is constructed on a hilltop 1100 metres high.  It is the most important and popular fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh. The perimeter walls of the fort sprawl across 36 km, making it the third longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and the Great Wall of Gorgan in Iran. Located 82 km from Udaipur in the northwestern part, the fort was under occupation until the 19th century, after which it was opened for the public as a museum. 

Other than the ancient fort, the Wildlife Sanctuary of Kumbhalgarh is also popular. It covers a land area of 57778 square km and consists of different wild animals and birds. The religious places here include the temple of Muchchal Mahavir, which is popular for artistically carved statues, and the Jain temple of Ranakpur that was built in the year 1438. 

Some of the ancient royal castles here have been converted into heritage sites and hotels like the popular Ghanerao Royal Castle. Haldighati is another popular attraction for being the venue of the most famous historical battle. Apart from these ancient sites, Lake Rajsamand is also a major tourist attraction.   

Travelling to Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh is easily accessible from the cities of Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar and is the one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. Kumbhalgarh is popular for being the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great warrior of Mewar. Rajasthan State Government Roadways ordinary and deluxe buses

Udaipur airport at a distance of 84 km serves as the closest airport to Kumbhalgarh. Tourists can hire taxis from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh, which costs about Rs 1600. There are regular flights from Udaipur to Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Phalna railway station, which is well connected to Mumbai, Ajmer, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur, is the closest railhead to Kumbhalgarh. 

Rajasthan State Government Roadways ordinary and deluxe buses ply regularly between Kumbhalghar and Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar.

Accommodation options in Kumbhalghar

Tourists in Kumbhalghar can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. Tourists can opt for forts converted into heritage hotels to stay in Kumbhalgarh.

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Kumbhalgarh Traveller Reviews

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Anuj Gupta

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  • Anuj Gupta
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
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"The wine bottled wall Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Route Taken: From Udaipur take NH 76- Gogunda -Take Right towards Wani-Tula-Fatehpur-Machind-Karai-Then take NH49-Dhoran-Morcha-Kelwara-Kumbhalgarh Fort

The route is okay and yes do keep Google maps on and keep asking the locals when in doubt. There are two things which you can do in Kumbhalgarh, they are jungle safari and visit the fort. Both safari and fort will take 2 to 3 hours. We had an to choose between the safari and Haldighati and we decided to go to Haldighati

The climb to reach the fort takes around 45 minutes. There is not much to see in the fort, since all the items are behind locked doors and there are few empty rooms that is all. You can see the place where Maharna Pratap was born, that room is in a dilapidated condition.

You can go on the terrace of the fort and view the magnificent area of the fort which is behind 38 km wine bottled shaped walls. The fort is the Third largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort. One should definitely take a walk on the walls. I wanted to walk the whole 38 km but that was not possible and I also had no time, so I walked only a few kilometres.

Do pay a visit to the Banmata Devi Temple, the temple of Kuldevi (the main God of the empire). It is said that because of the magical powers of the Goddess the mughals could not invade the fort after a certain point. The fort has 360 temples out of which most of them are Jain temples.

En-route Haldighati (the last point)

Route Taken: Kumbhalgarh-Kelwara-Morcha-Khamnore-Chetak Smarak (Balicha)

There is only one thing to see here ;i. E; Chetak Smarak, it has a museum, statue of Mahrana Pratap sitting on Chetak, majestic view of Haldighati where more than 18000 soldiers died in one day and a point from where Chetak took a 22 feet jump to save Maharana Pratap from his enemies (that is what locals said, but when I reached that point I become doubtful, since the place was not at all maintained and the water there was also stagnant).

Why we choose Haldighati over jungle Safari, the reason is this, we both has done jungle safari at different places and more over that we always read in out history books about the epic battle and massacre which took place in haldighati and the stories of courageous Chetak (Maharana's Horse) taking a 22 feet jump with 3 only 3 legs in good condition to save the life of Maharana Pratap.
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Neeraj Goyal

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  • Neeraj Goyal
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"Kumbhalgarh, a must see once!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kumbhalgarh is a town situated in Rajsamand district 80 km from Udaipur city. The whole town is on hills. A beautiful place for watching the real beauty of nature. The Kumbhalgarh fort was built by Rana kumbha. The most beautiful fort of Rajasthan which was never conquered by anyone. 10 feet wide and 15 km long wall of fort is awesome. There are too many temples in the fort. The night show of fort tell by the Bollywood stars was a must watching show. Jingle safari was good. The national park of kumbhalgarh. The Parsuram temple, and many more things that will make you feel alive.
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Dhruvil Modi

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  • Dhruvil Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 1 Review
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"Beautiful history of the place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Superb destination to stay, made my diwali fantastic and history of the place is even more beautiful. Must visit place for me and the natural beauty and construction of fort the late night lighting show is beyond imagination. Memorable trip indeed.
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Anupam Dixit

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  • Anupam Dixit
  • Lives in Chandrapur
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"Khumbhalghar the pride of Rajputana, a beautiful romantic place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
Khumbhalghar a legend in it self. Longest fort wall after China wall in world 34 kilometres long. Birth place of a legend a warrior a Rajputana samrat Ranapratap. The strategically well place fort with magnificent robust construction with wonderful light show and story of mystical land with valour of Rajputana one must watch. Apart from Fort the weather their is very cool in months of February and a must visit destination at least once sound and away from city lifestyle peace calm makes you feel blessed from inside. There's no doubt of Rajesthani welcome and traditional with folk songs in night. I would suggest a stay in club Mahindra resort which would add extra 50% to your holiday with its hospitality food location and overall clubbing experience.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Kumbhalgarh Fort - an amazing fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2015
Kumbhalgarh is famous for its world famous fort - Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is one of the Mewar Fortress built on a hilltop of 3600 ft high in the Aravalli Range. Maharana of Mewar Rana Kumbha constructed this fort in the 15th century.

The fort is famous for its massiveness. The perimeter wall is 36 km long, longest in India and 2nd longest in world after Great Wall of China. So it is regarded as World Heritage Site. It takes about 2-3 hours to cover the fort. There are as many as 350 temples inside the fort, majority of which are Jain Temples. The perimeter wall top is so wide that soldiers with kaman etc could easily move. I walked for kilometres and enjoyed the Aravalli.

Situated about 100 km from Udaipur. I covered both Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur on the same day leaving Udaipur in the early morning. October to March is the best time to visit these places.
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Sagar Tandon

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  • Sagar Tandon
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Good weekend getaway-Kumbhalgarh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
Though quite far for a weekend getaway but one can easily manage as the place has nothing much to offer. At the time of our visit the national park was non-operative so only one place left to visit the Kumabhalgarh Fort which is just few hours affair. You can enjoy your drive. We left around 3pm from delhi and stayed at Jaipur on that day and started for Kumbhalgarh next morning. We reached Kumbhalgarh around 2:30pm and had lunch and went to see Kumbhalgarh Fort.
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Ronak Upadhyay

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"Kumbhalgarh heritage fort"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2015
Heritage fort with good climate. 36 km long wall after china wall. Asia's 2nd wall Wild life sanctuary good experience. Good time to visit November and December. New experience of boating in lake's talab also available.

Near points-Udaipur 70 kms, Jodhpur 200 kms, Nathdwara shrinath ji temple 40 kms, Jaipur 400 kms, Rankpur 50 kms.
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Mandira Prakash

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  • Mandira Prakash
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Revisiting the royal birth place of the Great Maharana Pratap - Kumbhalgarh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2015
This quiet and serene town in Rajasthan is a spectacle in itself. Everything about this place right from the awesome food to the spectacular Kumbhalgarh Fort is worth a visit. Many of us may not be aware of the fact that the wall surrounding this beautiful fort is the second longest wall in the world after Great Wall of China. Surprised! We too were, when we got to know this awesome fact. The wall surrounding the fort was built to protect the fort from enemies. Even you cannot visualise the fort from a certain distance, it is so well positioned in between the Aravalli ranges for protection from enemies. There are at least 200 temples within the fort premises though all of them are not open to visitors. Specially the light and sound show of the fort is out of this world. And when one leaves the the fort after light and sound show, the entire fort is lit up like a new bride and on the backdrop of the dark evening sky this magnificently lit fort just takes your breath away. We stayed in Club Mahindra Resort which also provides some simply awesome Rajasthani Ghoomar dance entertainment.
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Kirti chan a behara

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  • Kirti chan a behara
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Revisiting History at Kumbhalgarh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2015
Those who did not like History as a subject in school(like me) will definitely like history after visiting the Fort. Really astonishing that such type of forts were made 500-600 years ago without any modern technology. Do enjoy the light and sound show and revisit history, Maharana Pratap, his horse Chetak Haldighat Battle.
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Rajshekhar Roy

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  • Rajshekhar Roy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A Historic spot in the Aravallis"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2015
Nestled amidst the Aravalli hills, Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan offers a great weekend getaway for those looking for a place to relax and unwind in a serene and secluded place. It is located between Udaipur and Mt. Abu and tourists visiting these places would find it worth their while to make a stopover here just to see the imposing Kumbhalgarh fort.

The fortress replete with history of Rajput valour, is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, Stretching across a vast expanse, the kumbhalgarh fort is formidable and majestic, with palace rooms, gardens, courtyards and some beautifully sculpted temples. The ramparts of the fort present ruggedly beautiful views of the surrounding hills. There is also a sound and light show, which is very well presented, explaining the history of the fort.

In addition, there is a wildlife reserve nearby for which jeep safaris are arranged. Another must visit is the exquisite Jain temple complex in Ranakpur. The temple should ideally be visited from noon to 5. 00 pm when photography is permitted. The two-hour drive through the hills is as enjoyable as the destination.

We stayed at the Club mahindra resort in Kumbhalgarh for almost a week as we had mainly gone for an extended stay, in a peaceful and relaxed ambience. We enjoyed our morning and evening walks on the secluded hilly roads, taking in the quiet beauty and solitude of the surroundings. The resort had organized a Rajasthani folk music and dance program on one of the evenings, which was thoroughly entertaining.

Any trip to any part of Rajasthan is incomplete without savouring its delicious cuisine. However, rajasthani food is anything but light as it is served with generous dollops of ghee, but is well worth the indulgence. What we enjoyed the most were the mogar and mawa kachoris, though these would be more readily available near Udaipur or jodhpur.

Kumbhalgarh is easily accessible from Udaipur, the road trip takes about two hours. Another railhead is at Falna, also two hours by road, suitable for train travellers wanting to reach from Abu Road, Ajmer and Ahmedabad. We had taken the intercity express from ahmedabad at 9am which reached Falna in about 5 hours. The road trip from Abu or udaipur or jodhpur is probably the more popular option to reach kumbhalgarh.
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