Have you heard of the “The Great Wall of China”? Off course you might have. What if I ask you of the second longest wall in the world after The Great Wall of China? Confused!!Don’t know? Won’t you be surprised if I say it’s present in the Indian state of Rajasthan? Shocked!!Exactly what I was when I heard that Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajasthan has got the second largest wall in the world.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall
Located 80 Km North of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort. The fort wall extends to the enormous length of 36 kilometers and is popularly known as “The Great Wall of India”.
A fortress cradled in the Aravalli range, Kumbhalgarh Fort is also the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary King Maharana Pratap. In 2013, the fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee.
How to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort is located at a distance of 80 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand district. It is popularly visited on a day’s excursion from Udaipur. Udaipur is very well connected to all the major cities of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
What I would suggest you is to rent a bike from Udaipur and take a road trip, as the routes from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh Fort are quite scenic. Many people combine visiting Kumbhalgarh Fort with Haldi Ghati and Jain temples of Ranakpur.
The entry fee for an Indian visitor is INR 15 while for a foreign traveler is INR 100.There is no separate fee for the camera. Fort remains open from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM daily throughout the year.
Badal Mahal Kumbhalgarh Fort
Getting around Kumbhalgarh Fort
No vehicles are allowed after the fort entrance gate, so the only option to explore the fort is by walking and it’s all worth it. There are some attractions located close to the main entrance and can be visited in 1-2 hours. But if you want to see the entire complex, it may take up to 6-7 hours.
I was searching for a weekend gateway from my hometown Udaipur. When I heard that Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur has got the second largest wall in the world, I was very excited to visit the place.
So the very next day I asked my dad to accompany me on a bike trip for visiting this historic place. The road journey is breathtaking, especially in the monsoons with lush green mountains of Aravalli range in the vicinity. It took us nearly 2 hours from Udaipur to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort, inclusive of few stops on the way.
Kumbhalgarh Fort walls
Constructed on the foothills of Aravalli ranges and encircled by thirteen other elevated Aravalli peaks, the Kumbhalgarh Fort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surroundings along with the sand dunes of Thar desert.
Temples at Kumbhalgarh
Kumbhalgarh Fort is designed with seven massive gates, seven ramparts one within the other. Ramparts are reinforced by curved bastions and gigantic watch towers. We entered the fort through the main entrance gate known as Ram Pol.
Kumbhalgarh Fort complex
The main buildings inside this magnificent citadel are Badal Mahal, Shiva Temple, Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple and Mammadev Temple. Kumbhalgarh fort complex has around 360 temples out of which 300 are Jain temples, and rest are Hindu.
River on route to Kumbhalgarh
The Great Wall of India
Now it was time to walk on “The Great Wall of India” which was the primary reason for visiting the fort. The wall stretches for a distance of 36 km and is 15 m wide, broad enough to stand eight horses side by side. The wall is built out of the stone bricks and passes through the valleys of the Aravalli ranges.
Every evening, there is a light and sound show starting at 6:45 PM. It showcases the rich culture of the royal Rajput’s through music and lights. The entire fort is illuminated for about an hour and views are simply majestic. There is a lot more to explore in the fort and a single day trip is insufficient for it.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort is during monsoon or winters between the months of July to February. The climate is cooler and suitable for people to walk around and explore the fort.
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