Travel Information, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh is one
of the finest examples of defensive fortification in Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh
is about 85 km from Udaipur. The Kumbhalgarh fort was the second most
important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. This fort is rising
from a prominent ridge at a height of 1914 meters high from the sea level.
The fort was built in 15th century AD by Rana Kumbha. The climate in Kumbhalgarh
is temperate. In summers the temperature is about 42.6 degree Celsius
and in winters it is about 11.6 degree Celsius. The best season to travel
to Kumbhalgarh is from October to February. English, Hindi and Rajasthani
are the common languages which are spoken here.
Udai Singh ascended the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residence
and later established Udaipur-the beautiful lake city. Within the fort
are many magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples. The most
picturesque of the palace is the 'Badal Mahal' or the palace of the cloud.
The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures.
It offers a superb bird's eye view of the countryside surrounding the
fort as well as of other ruins within the fort. The ancient ruins of the
temples within the fort date back to the Mauryan period built during the
reign of the grandson of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who belonged to the
Jai community. Most of the ruins in Kumbhalgarh are of the Jain temples
of various periods.
Places to see
Kumbhalgarh Fort Of the thirty-two forts that the great warriors King,
Rana Kumbha built all over Mewar, the most spectacular was Kumbhalgarh.
In many ways, in fact it is even more impressive than the Mewar citadel
of Chittorgarh itself. Built high in the hills west of Chittorgarh in
the mid-15th century Kumbhalgarh was called the "eye of Mewar"
because of its strategic position in relation to the Kingdom's aggressive
neighbors in Gujrat and Marwar. It was impregnable, having withstood several
attacks from the armies of Gujrat, Malwa and the Mughals. Even Emperor
Akbar after the conquest of mighty second gate.
At the citadel lies Badal Mahal with its beautiful apartments painted
with delicate pastel-coloured murals in the 19th century. In these chambers
you can see an ingenious "air conditioning" system with a series
of ducts that draw cool air into the rooms and ventilate them from the
bottom rather than from the top as conversation might dictate.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The 586 sq. km. Sanctuary supporting a rich variety of wildlife like the
panther,sloth bear,wild boar, four horned antelope and scientifically
bred crocodiles in the lake, are the major attractions. The sanctuary
is also noted for flamingoes, cormorants, spoonbills and egrets usually
seen in winter.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Udaipur which is about 85 km.
Some train services connects Kumbhalgarh with some of the cities of Rajasthan.
A good network of roads links Kumbhalgarh with many important cities in
and outside the Rajasthan.
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