Kumbhalgarh Fort Overview

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The Kumbhalgarh Fort is located on the banks of Banas River and is the second most important fort of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by 13 mountain peaks and strengthened by watchtowers and rounded bastions. It was built by Rana Kumbha and it took him some 15 years to build this fort.

The fort stretches across 36 km of the Aravalli Mountains and houses a domed palace. The length of the winding walls was instrumental in defending the citadel from the series of battlements. The fort rises from a prominent ridge, at a height of 1100 metres from the sea level. There are seven gates that guard this fort and are wide enough for eight horses to march abreast.

According to legend, a voluntary human sacrifice was required for the strong construction of the fort. A pilgrim volunteered and a shrine and a temple were built at Hanuman Pol, the main gate of the fort, to commemorate the great sacrifice. The other gates of the fort are known as Hulla Pol, Ram Pol, Paghra Pol, Nimboo Pol, Bhairava Pol and Top-khana Pol.

The fort offers excellent views of the surrounding areas and various interesting ruins are situated in the large compound of the fort. It houses an inner fort known as Kartargarh and the inner fort is inclusive of a palace that was built by Maharana Fateh Singh.

In the 19th century, he renovated the fort and built this palace, after pulling down the old palace built by Rana Kumbha. A number of temples were also built by the Mauryas within this citadel.
 

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Namrata Sharma

Namrata Sharma5.0/5

3 reviews

The great wall of Royal Rajesthan

Kumbalgargh fort is a mesmerizing place with many mysterious stories of treasure, royalties, heritage, culture. Must visit once and the best time is monsoon.

Kamal Dahiya

Kamal Dahiya5.0/5

112 reviews

Undefeatable mighty,

This fort is built by rana kumbha, this fort was second most important in mewar after Chittorgarh. This fort has second largest walls after great wall of china, the fort's thich walls strech about 36km; they are wide enough in some places for eight horses to ride.
  • Undefeatable mighty,
  • Undefeatable mighty,
  • Undefeatable mighty,
  • Undefeatable mighty,
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Sona Shah

Sona Shah4.3/5

35 reviews

Great wall of India

Excellent place ... The grand fort is well maintained, huge, unbelievable Grand wall running up to 36 kms, the Palace ruins say a lot about the history ... That lived once ... Long walk uphill to reach the palace and surrounding, and yet many more small collection of palaces in the complex to be explored ...Sound and light show after sunset is an add on,Though it can be better then it is now

Karan pareek

Karan pareek5.0/5

1 review

Historical site

In Rajasthan are very oldest site, in this place one of them Kimball garh fort, this place is situated at rajsamand district. IIn this place most popular place is 1. Badly Mahala2. 32 km long wall. This wall is world 2 longest wallAnd his architect
  • Historical site

Aniket Sharma

Aniket Sharma5.0/5

63 reviews

Invincible historic marvel that wasn't won over; Walls that couldn't be breached ever

During my visit to Udaipur on 05. 05. 2012, we visited many places like Chetak Samadhi, Maharana Pratap Museum, Rakht Talai. Now, our next pit stop was the birthplace of Maharanpratap, I. E. The mighty Kumbhalgarh fort. Before visiting this place, I had never heard about the fort before. The way to the fort was quite scary & beautiful at the same time with scenic landscape valleys along the SH-49. The way to fort also crosses through & within the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Till those days my inclination towards the wildlife was yet to be explored. Amongst the high altitude valleys I had no strength to look below. It took around more than a hour till we reached at the entrance of Kumbhalgarh Fort. The Fort stood tall at the highest level amidst the dense aravalli hills & the jungle around. The hugeness of the fort could only be realized when in front of it. The wall of the fort was no less than the range of our eyes. To my surprise I was told that the wall of this fort comes next to the great of wall of china, knowing about which, I felt proud that such marvels exists in my country. By the time we entered the fort, the clouds had dissolved in air making way for the sun, humidity & heat. We all were mesmerized by the beauty of the fort, the huge pillars, well circulated galleries & verandahs & large terraces. Apart from a small village community residing the fort campus, there were no traces of any sort of habitation or roads. The visit to the fort had nailed it to mark the trip as memorable.

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq4.3/5

2881 reviews

Birth place of the great warrior Maharana Pratap

Kumbhalgarh Fort is a world heritage site and it is situated in the western range of Aravalli hills. It is a hill fort, which was built by Maharana Kumbha during 1443 to 1458 of Mewar. In the same fort Maharana Udai Singh was brought up as he was shifted from Chittorgarh, this fort was a strategic fort of Mewar and it is a birth place of the great warrior Maharana Pratap. This fort is also famous for its fortress wall which is considered to be next to the great wall of China.This elaborate fort was designed and work was supervised by famous architect of that period Madan or Mandan, as the remains of Kumbha palace are the witness of excellent design and workmanship including carving and decorative works on ceilings etc and this fort is located at the boundaries of Mewar and Marwar. It is also assumed that this fort was built on the remains of second BC either which belonged to the Jain Prince Samprati or were associated with his kingdom. A number of bastions at regular intervals and various gates studded with steel spikes in the impregnable wall made this fort much safe. Entering from south one finds the Aaret Pol, Halla Pol, Hanuman Pol and then main entrance Ram Pol and Vijay or Chaugan Pol are accessed. To reach the main Palaces which are situated at the peak or at the top Bhairava Pol and Magda Pol are the gates to be crossed which are in between. Danibatta Pol is situated in the eastern wall and it opens in the Marwar region.It has many Hindu and Jain temples like Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, Charbhuja Temple, Ganesh Temple, Mahadev Temple, Bhawan Deoria, Pitalia Parasnath Temple, gole rao Group of Temples etc and few small temples. Other important monuments are Cenotaphs, Birthplace of Maharana Pratap, remains of Kumbha Palace, Badal Mahal, step wells and a Dam and Badal Mahal which were built by Maharana Fateh Singh.There are many good hotels, Restaurants and resorts in the vicinity of hill fort and for tourists everyday light and sound program is organized after Sun-set in front of the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, this programme and the fort is very popular among the local tourists and Foreigners, as tourists are surprised to see the world heritage Kumbhalgarh fort.Visitors may wear the comfortable shoes as they have to climb and must keep drinking water with them to enjoy this hill fort of Rajasthan.

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  • Birth place of the great warrior Maharana Pratap
  • Birth place of the great warrior Maharana Pratap
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Konark Patel

Konark Patel3.6/5

35 reviews

Fort - Scenic beauty and perfect place for a pleasant eve

Kumbhalgarh Fort - Birth place of Great Maharana Pratap is about 2 hrs drive from Udaipur. One needs to climb up the hill to reach the top although not much skill is needed. Panoramic view from the top is breathtaking. Try to reach up the fort before sunset. Mountains, trees and valley all diminishing under sunset, indeed an exhilarating beauty! Don't miss the evening show at the fort which pictures the history of the fort very well. The fort looks stunning in night under the lights. Try to enter the light show early as possible as on holidays it gets fully packed and one can ends up not getting any seat if unlucky.

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2881 reviews

The Eye of Mewar

A historic fort, which was built on a very difficult hill, so wide that six horsemen may ran together, the world's second largest after the legendary Wall of China. Department of Archaeology have provided enough information through inscriptions, are sufficient to explain the glorious history of the fort, regarding the second largest fort in Rajasthan. This massive 15th-century fort, strategically located at a height of 1, 050 m along the border between Marwar-Jodhpur and Mewar-Udaipur, was known as "The Eye Of Mewar", because it offered a commanding view of the local-side for miles around. Built by Maharana Kumbha and designed and supervised by Architect Mandan in 1433-68. History also claim that in 2nd-century BC a fort was built at this site by the Jain Prince Samprati. It has seven gates and a rear gate in the Eastern wall to approach the Marwar. In the lower area many temples are there like Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Temple where Light and Sound show is organized, Parsvanath temple etc. Each tourist sights are concentrated on the main attractions which are built on the highest peak of the fort which are difficulty accessible as one has to climb on a steep hill. To have an approach to Kumbha Palace one has to use the steps going down, and to visit the Maharana Pratap's birth place one has to use steps going up. Famous Badal Mahal which is having separate portions for Ladies and Gents and the terrace is in excellent condition, which provide the magnificent view of surrounding and the complete fort is visible from that height.To enjoy the Rich class heritage which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, watching, each tourist must carry drinking water energizer fruit etc along with them, should wear comfortable shoes with strong grip, binoculars and camera be sure to keep with them, do not put anything extra because before thrill many difficult climbs to be crossed. As Restaurants and shops are available near the entrance gate and nothing is available on top.

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  • The Eye of Mewar
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  • The Eye of Mewar
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Vipul Bhargava

Vipul Bhargava4.3/5

31 reviews

A must visit, be ready to climb

The Kumbhalgarh Fort is located an hour and a half away from Udaipur and is a scenic drive. The fort houses the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The fort is uphill and needs to be climbed which can be tiresome. It is not recommended for older people. The views from the top are spectacular and the architecture beautiful. No guide is necessary to explore the fort although you could hire one if you want to.

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Kumar Pv

Kumar Pv3.6/5

6 reviews

Must place to visit

Very extensive place the view from the top of the fort was exhilarating. We need to be physically fit to climb the top of the Fort. Best part there was no need for a guide. Great to view the longest wall in the world after the great wall of China. The best part was the sound and light show in the evening. The low fee was an added attraction.

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