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This article is part of the Traveling India: North to South Series.
The Great Wall of China is the largest wall in the world, but do you know what is the second largest? It is the 38-kilometers (23.6 miles) long wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort in India. This can be a reason good enough in itself to visit this imposing structure located in the western Aravalli Hills in the Rajsamand District, 101 kilometers (62.7 miles) north-west of Udaipur in Rajasthan, a western state of India.
Kumbhalgarh Fort during the evening show time

Why Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort?

In addition to being the second largest wall in the world, there are plenty of other reasons to visit:
  • It is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh.
  • The fort derives its name from Maharana Rana Kumbha, who built it in the 15th Century.
  • It is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the legendary king and a great warrior of Mewar. 
  • The walls of this impregnable fort are so wide they can accommodate eight horses standing side by side. 
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
indian woman washing clothes on the road to kumbhalgarh fort (india)
On the way to Khumbalgarh Fort are there many things to see.  The environment is very beautiful, with lots of farm land on both sides of the road. In this image, a local village woman is washing clothes. (Photo Credit:  MBS Photography)

The Best time to visit

Rajasthan, where the Kumbhalgarh Fort is located, is home to the Thar Desert of India. This makes the summers (mid-March to June) particularly hot with temperatures ranging from 28.8 to 38.3 degrees Celsius (83.8 to 100.9 degrees Fahrenheit). July to September is the monsoon season, making the area humid and not ideal for touring. Therefore, the best months to visit are the winter months from October to March, when the temperature touches a maximum of 28.3 degrees Celsius (83.8 degrees Fahrenheit). 
An indian man and his wife on a bike on the kumbhalgarh fort road, india.  (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
An indian man and his wife on a bike.  (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)

Getting there

Kumbhalgarh Fort is located near Udaipur, the City of Lakes, and is connected to the major cities of India by road, rail and air. 
By air:  You have a choice of three airlines, so find the cheapest airlines. Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport is located at Dabok, 22-kilometers (13.6 miles) from Udaipur. 
By Rail:  The railway station is just four kilometers (2.4 miles) from the heart of the city. There are plenty of trains and you can book tickets online. One such website is makemytrip
By Road:  Udaipur is linked to major cities by national highways. You can opt for private cabs or bus service to reach Udaipur.

How to travel to Kumbhalgarh Fort

Once in Udaipur,  take either a public bus or a cab to Kumbhalgarh Fort. This journey of one hour 45 minutes navigates the most  direct route by road. Although there is no direct train to Kumbhalgarh, you can travel by train to Mavli, the nearest point, and then take a cab to the Fort.
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort - There is presented an open air show most evenings on the history of the fort and its people. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort - There is presented an open air show most evenings on the history of the fort and its people. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)

Top Attractions at Kumbhalgarh Fort

The Kumbhalgarh Fort becomes visible from a long way off, since it is built on the topmost ridge of the Aravalli Hills that is 1,914-meters (6279 feet) above sea level. The most distinctive feature of the Fort is its perimeter wall that is 4.5-meters (15 feet) thick with seven fortified gateways. Once you climb up to the Fort, you can see the magnificent view far into the Aravalli Range and also see the sand dunes of the Thar Desert.

Attractions inside Kumbhalgarh Fort:
The Gates
There are seven main gates, called ‘Pols’, to the fort – Aret Pol, Halla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairon Pol, Nimboo Pol, and Pagda Pol. The Hanuman Pol contains Lord Hanuman’s idol. The Ram Pol affords a panoramic view of the buildings in and around the fort.

Badal Mahal
This beautiful palace, also known as ‘Palace of Cloud’, is perched at the very top. It has two interconnected distinct portions – Mardana Mahal and Zenana Mahal.

Jhalia ka Malia
Also known as, ‘Palace of the Queen,’ is where Maharana Pratap was born. 

Lakhola Tank
This tank, built by Rana Lakha, is five kilometers (3.1 miles) in length and 100 meters (328 feet) in width with a depth of 12 meters (40 feet). 

Badshahi Baoli
This stepped water tank is believed to have been built by Shahbaz Khan, one of Akbar’s generals, who needed water for his troops while invading the fort. 

Hindu Temples
The earliest temple at the fort is Lord Ganesha’s temple built on a 3.7-meter (12-foot) high platform. Another temple, called the Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a rectangular enclosure supported by 24 pillars and Shivalinga in black stone. The Vedi temple was built for performing rituals. 

Jain Temples
There are three major Jain temples within the fort – the Parsva Natha temple, the Bawan Devi temple and the Golerao group of temples. To the south of the Neela Kanth temple is the Mataji temple, also known as the Kheda Devi temple. Other Jain temples are the Mamdeo temple, thePitalia Dev temple, and the Surya Mandir.

Places to Stay at Kumbhalgarh Fort

●    The Kumbha Bagh hotel
●    The Aodhi hotel
●    Dera Kumbhalgarh
●    Karni Palace hotel
●    Tiger Valley Resort 

Events at Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Sound and Light Show every evening at 6:45pm for 7:00pm. (Highly recommended for all visitors.) 
  • Walk on the Fort Walls - Orgnized Event as per notification. (Not a regular event.)
  • Kumbhalgarh Festival - Yearly Event

Video's about Kumbhalgarh Fort

Places to Eat at Kumbhalgarh Fort

●    Rajgarh - Located next to the lake, the restaurant offers amazing food.
●    Chowka at the Aodhi hotel - This restaurant dishes out some awesome North Indian cuisine.
●    Karni Palace Hotel - This restaurant is famous for traditional vegetarian dishes at very reasonable rates. 

Visitor Information
Entry Fee:  Foreign Nationals - INR 100 / Indian Nationals INR 10
Digital Cameras:  Allowed (No cost)
Open Time:  8:00am to 6:00pm (Daily apart from Mondays)
Light & Sound Show:  6:45pm (But check, since times might change without notice.)  - Recommended Activity.

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Pichola Lake
A journey to the city of Udaipur, (The City of Lakes), in the Rajasthan Province of India, is incomplete without a visit to at least the Udaipur City Palace and Jagdish Temple.  Both these sights are major attractions in India, visited by millions each year.  Start your tour early in the morning in order to have the time to visit every monument on our recommended travel route.


Maharana Pratap Museum
“Maharaja! It looks like a large pool of blood has formed on the battlefield,” the Indian Maharaja’s battle commander, Ram Singh Tanvar, exclaimed when he finally reached his superior. “The Mughals are everywhere!”
He was right of course. The Maharaja’s collective army of around 5,200 to 8,000 included cavalry, elephants, infantry, spearmen, Afghan warriors and Bhil tribesmen, against a Mughal army of 80,000 led by the famous Mughal Emperor, Akbar I (Abu'l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar)
The Maharana Pratap Museum commemorates the battle at Haldi Ghati, and what it stood for, the fight for independence.
Did Maharan Pratap succeed in overthrowing the Mughal army trying to claim the land of his people at the Battle of Haldi Ghati in 1576?
Maybe – Maybe not


Fateh Sagar & Shilpgram
The second lake we visit in Udaipur is called the Fateh Sagar Lake. Like the Pichola Lake is it also man-made and called after the Maharana ruling in the 1680s., Maharana Fateh Singh.
From the Fateh Sagar Lake do we go to the Shilpgram Art & Craft Centre. Luckily for us, did our trip co-inside with the yearly Shilpgram Festival, and could we enjoy a spectacular display of traditional Indian dances, music performances, admire locally made artwork, pottery, materials and eat some great Indian street food.

Photo Gallery

On the road to Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
On the road to Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
On the road to Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
On the road to Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. - You will notice a large number of villages so close to one another on a visit to India.  (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
One of the main entry gates into  Kumbhalgarh Fort.  India. (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
One of the main entry gates into  Kumbhalgarh Fort.  India. (Photo Credit: MBS Photography)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
Temple inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
The imposing walls and fortifications of Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)
The imposing walls and fortifications of Kumbhalgarh Fort. India. (Photo Credit: Rakesh Nagda)

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References & Sources
1-http://www.udaipur.org.uk/forts/kumbhalgarh-fort.html
2-https://www.makemytrip.com/routeplanner/new-delhi-udaipur.html
3-https://www.makemytrip.com/flights/new_delhi-udaipur-cheap-airtickets.html
4-https://www.makemytrip.com/railways/udaipur-city-udz-railway-station.html
5-https://www.goibibo.com/travel-guide/india/how-to-reach-from-udaipur-to-kumbhalgarh
6-https://www.goibibo.com/travel-guide/india/how-to-reach-from-udaipur-to-kumbhalgarh
7-https://www.makemytrip.com/routeplanner/udaipur-kumbhalgarh.html
8- http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_tktd_raj_kumbhalgarh.asp
9-https://www.hotelscombined.in/Hotel/The_Kumbha_Bagh.htm
10-http://www.hrhhotels.com/Royal_Retreats/The_Aodhi_Hotel/index.aspx
11-http://www.derakumbhalgarh.com
12-http://www.karnipalace.com
13-http://www.tigervalleyresortkumbhalgarh.com
14-https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurants-g297669-Kumbhalgarh_Rajasthan.html

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