Kumbhalgarh Fort – The Great Wall of India: A weekend getaway from Jaipur in Desert

The Kumbhalgarh Fort, second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China

A perfect weekend getaway!

Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most important forts of Rajasthan. It is the second most valued site in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. Situated at a distance of 344 kms from Jaipur and 64 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand District, the fort is easily accessible from both the locations. The unconquerable fortress is nestled in the arms of Aravali Ranges. This fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th Century. The credits of the name of the fort go to the same factor.

The fort was constructed on the highest peak of the Aravali range that is around 1914 meters above the sea level. The fort is encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks of the Aravali Ranges. The fortification of the Kumbhalgarh Fort lead to the extension of the fort by the length of 36 kilometers and this fact has made this site as one of the most important sites for Rajasthan Tourism and made this fort to be in many international records. The wall is claimed to be the second longest wall (in continuation) in the world after the very famous “the Great Wall of China”.

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The way to Kumbhalgarh fort is quite zig – zag. When you will head towards the longevous Kumbhalgarh Fort, you will find yourself in the middle of deep ravines and thick forests. This beautiful road will take you to the oh-so-scenic watch tower of this wonderful fort. Followed by the watch tower, you will see the many Pols of this fort viz, Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top Khana Pol, and Nimboo Pol. 

The Architecture:

The impregnable Kumbhalgarh Fort stands solidly with seven massive gates, seven ramparts (stone parapet) inter – weaved with one another, beautifully designed walls toughened by big watch towers and curved bastions. The solid foundation and iron-like strong structure of the Fort make this pride of Kumbhalgarh unbelievable till today. The sturdy walls of the Kumbhalgarh Fort are wide enough to three elephants walk side by side.

The architecture of this beautiful and magnificent fort of Rajasthan Tourism is also famous for the number of temples which are there in the complex of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. One of the most famous temples inside this Kumbhalgarh Fort is the temple of Shiv Ji in which a shivlinga is worshiped.

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On top of the structure, there is a palace that looks awe-inspiring with all the lights in the night. This beautiful palace is known as the Badal Mahal – the Palace of Cloud. This palace that comes under the sites of Rajasthan Tourism is also accredited to be the birth station of the great warrior of Rajasthan – Maharana Pratap. The Badal Mahal has beautiful rooms. The artists who built and decorated this beautiful palace surely knew a lot about colors and their effects. This can be easily seen in the colors that they had used to decorate the rooms – green, turquoise, and white presenting the dazzling contrast to the colors of the site. The Badal Mahal also offers an amazing panoramic vista of the entire downtown.

The History:

Rana Fateh Singh, in the late nineteenth century, took this initiative to re-build the palace which is situated on the Kumbhalgarh Fort. During the time of dissension, this place also offered a refuge to many rulers of Mewar. A small rolex replica town, Kumbhalgarh is known world – wide for its history and amazing architecture. During the time of battle, the king Udai Singh was kept in this palace when he was a baby. The large complex of the Kumbhalgarh Fort offers a lot of ancient remnants to explore.

About the great wall of India:

Kumbhalgarh Fort is surrounded by a thick and majestic wall. This wall is approximately 15 Kilometers long and is known as the great wall of India as it is the second largest wall in this entire world after the Great Wall of China. The wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort runs on the Aravali Range’s mountain cliff.

The wall is an epitome of Rajputana architecture; this has been proved by the fact that the wall is still intact even after 700 years. The wall which is in good shape, doesn’t lead straight but meanders through the surroundings of the mountain cliffs and valleys of the Aravali Ranges. The wall also runs through the area which is covered by forest, this area falls under Kumbhalgarh National Park.

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The said national park is abode of a great variety of fauna and flora. The park is famous for panthers and leopards and provides shelter to many species of Indian wild - life which lie under the hat of endangered. Other wild life species in this national park are Toddy cats, Hyena, Wolf, Chansinga, Sambhars, Neelgai, Crocodiles, Grey Jungle fowl, Wild boars, Peacocks, Beers etc.

 How to Reach Kumbhalgarh Fort from Jaipur?

To reach Kumbhalgarh, there is no direct flight, train or bus from Jaipur. The most feasible and convenient way to reach the Kumbhalgarh fort is to take the taxi from Jaipur.
If you are one of those people who doesn't like long car rides, then you can take a flight from Jaipur to Udaipur. From Udaipur you can take a taxi and can reach the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
The cheapest way to reach the Kumbalgarh Fort is by train. You can take Aashram Express from Jaipur to Falna and then take a taxi from Falna to Kumbhalgarh.

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