Have you heard of the “The Great Wall of China”? Of 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 kilometres and is popularly known as “The Great Wall of India”.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
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.
As seen from Kumbhalgarh Fort
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 traveller 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.
Kumbhalgarh Fort illuminated at night
Getting around Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
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 fort offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surroundings along with the sand dunes of Thar desert.
Temples at Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
The fort is designed with seven massive gates, seven ramparts one within the other. Ramparts are reinforced by curved bastions and gigantic watchtowers. 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.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
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.
Cloudy at Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
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.
The light and sound show at Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
Best time to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
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.
Stay and food options at Kumbhalgarh Fort
There are many hotels located in the nearby region to the Fort. Also, various camping options are available in the region. We stayed at Hotel Rajgarh which is few kilometres away from the fort. The hotel is a bit expensive but we got a really good deal owing to the offseason.
There are many restaurants which are located close to the Kumbhalgarh Fort. If you are planning to visit the nearby Parshuram Mahadev Temple cave, a local dhaba “Parshuram Mahadev Bojanalaya” serves delicious Dal Baati.
Combine your trip of Kumbhalgarh Fort with Parshuram Mahadev Temple cave trek
A trek to Parshuram Mahadev temple should not be missed on your trip to the Fort. It is believed that Lord Parshuram made the cave with his axe and used to worship Lord Shiva. There are 500 stairs to reach down to the ancient cave.
Parshuram Mahadev Temple cave
One with the friends on Kumbhalgarh Fort trip
Looking for info on other places in Rajasthan, check out:
- My very own Heaven – Udaipur ♥
- Must see places in Jaipur on a two-day backpacking trip (INR 2700)
- Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan – One of the largest forts in India
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