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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort lies just about 85 km from the beautiful city of Udaipur. Standing majestically with the Aravali ranges forming an enchanting backdrop, Kumbhakgarh Fort is considered the second most important citadel in the Mewar region, next only to Chittorgarh.

History

Set amidst a cluster of 13 mountains of the Aravali range, Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur in Rajasthan was built in the 15th century A.D. by Maharana Kumbha - the ruler of ancient Mewar state between 1433 and 1468 A.D. Built atop a prominent ridge at about 1914 m above sea level, this formidable medieval citadel stands majestically as a mute witness to the past glory of its kings and princes.

The birthplace of Maharana Pratap - the legendary king of Mewar, Kumbhalgarh Fort remained unconquered due mainly to its inaccessibility and hostile topography. The fort supposedly has thick walls that are wide enough to accommodate 8 abreast horses.

Description

Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur is fortified with 33 km of walls, more than 25 feet thick - in fact, the second longest continuous wall in the world. The most interesting feature of Kumbhalgarh Fort is that it houses another fort within its precincts. Named the Kartargarh Fort, this smaller fort comprises of a palace built by Maharana Fateh Singh. There are as many as 365 temples and shrines within the Kartargarh Fort.

The most beautiful palace inside Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur is the Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). This palace was renovated in the 19th century by Maharana Fateh Singh.

A Tour to Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur in Rajasthan will also offer an unending expanse of greenery for nature lovers. There is a sanctuary within the fort that shelters numerous wild animals and birds, including panthers, sambhars, sloth bears, wild boar and the rare gray jungle fowls. While at Kumbhalgarh, you can also visit the nearby 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple - a fine specimen of ancient temple architecture and Charbhujaji. The Rajsamand Lake built in 1660 by Rana Raj Singh is also a major tourist attraction in the vicinity. The lake offers spectacular sunset views, with beautiful 'torans' (arches) and 'chhatris' adorning the embankment.

Today, like most ancient monuments in Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur has been renovated into a fine heritage hotel that welcomes the discerning traveler. The hotel offers a perfect blend of traditional Rajputana hospitality teamed with contemporary luxury and comfort.