Kumbhalgarh Temples


Overview

State: Rajasthan
Distance: 630 Km SW of Delhi
By Road: 13hrs 30min
Location: In Southern Rajasthan, 84km north-west of Udaipur

Fast Fact

  • When to go Kumbhalgarh

    October to February

The Pioneer of Indian history, Kumbalgarh holds prestigious place in our monumental history. It is quite a unique and an interesting destination, which attracts tourists from not only all over the country but also all across the globe. The main reason for this flourishing response from across the globe is because of the great defensive fortress on a hill, Kumbhalgarh Fort. Designed by Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 15th century, this fort is situated at a height of 3,500 feet above the earth's surface, which is approximately 1100 meters high. The person standing on the fort can easily scan the expanse till up to Ajmer and Marwar and track anyone's approach towards the fort!

Wall surrounding it is supposed to be the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China. The front walls are 15 feet thick, giving enemies no chance of "breaking and entering!"

Construction:
Before you go and personally experience the beauty that this fort is, here's a little information about the construction of the fort that will help you appreciate the beauty better. It will absolutely insensitive if we do not remind you the designer of this vast monument, Rana Kumbha of Mewar. The fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometers, posing as the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China. The massive gate of Kumbhalgarh fort is called the Ram Pol or the Ram Gate.

  • Place to visit in Kumbhalgarh

    Ranakpur Jain Temples
    Begun in 1438 by Rana Kumbha, Ranakpur temples were peculiarly serene meditation centers in this frequently war ravaged land. It also became a magnificent sculpture museum, to which, wealthy Jain merchants and ministers kept adding shrines and statues. The central Chaumukha Temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Adinath. With its 29 halls and 1,444 distinctly different carved pillars, this is an overwhelming monument. Two temples dedicated to the Jain saints, Parasnath and Neminath have beautiful erotic carvings. And truly worth visiting is the 6th century Sun Temple close by, which has polygonal walls richly embellished with warriors, horses, and booted solar deities driving splendid chariots.

    The famous Ranakpur temples are mere 50 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh through the scenic route through Vanpura and Saira.

    Rajsamand Lake
    Rajsamand Lake is one of the most popular excursions around Kumbhalgarh. The Muchchal Mahavir temple in that region is widely known for it's artistically carved statues and Haldighati, the venue of the most well known or the famous historical battle that would have happened.

    Ghanerao
    Ghanerao is the place where Thakur Sajjan Singhji and his gracious wife have recreated a charming old-world ambience by opening this castle constructed in 1603 to paying guests. The genuine warmth of his greeting, the bright wall frescoes, hunting trophies, turbaned retainers, peeing maids, carved jharokhas, drawing rooms full of colored windows and chandeliers, Rajput miniatures, ostrich eggs hand printed by the owner in Mayo College and all those old photographs make this place the most historical resort to spend your vacation.

    Parshuram temple
    Located in an extremely inconvenient site inside an ancient cave, the parshuram temple is the place where Rishi parshuram did his sadhna from the era of the ramayan. It has almost 500 steps which take you down to the cave. However your trip down the cave will be absolutely worth the struggle when you experience the atmosphere within the cave. For an exchange of a meager Rs 100, the priest will share with you the history along with the formations which are called 'Kamdhenu'. You can wash away your doubts because this money is donated to the population living in that region, which indeed is a big help for people over there to maintain and sustain themselves in such adverse geographical location!

    Kumbhalgarh Fort
    Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century AD belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. It defined the boundaries between Mewar and Marwar and became a refuge for Mewar's rulers in times of strife. The somber chambers, the vast reservoirs kept full by elephant relays, the simple garden court for the royal ladies, the easily defendable narrow staircases all declared that this was primarily a warrior's hideout, and not a royal resort. A priest is still employed by the present Maharana to care for the shrines of his ancestors. And twice a day the Pandit's family makes the stiff uphill climb to the castle to light the sacred lamps before vermilion-daubed images of Hanuman, Chamunda, and Ekling.

    According to popular folklore, Maharana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps that consumed fifty kilograms of ghee and a hundred kilograms of cotton to provide light for the farmers who worked during the nights in the valley.

    Kumbhalgarh fell only once in its history, to the combined forces of Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, and Raja Udai Singh of Amber, and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar. However many say that it was only due to the shortage of water and never due to any armed forces.

    Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary
    Spread over a span of 586 square kilometer The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode to a huge variety of wildlife as well as several exotic birds. The main attraction here would be panther, sloth bear, wild boar, four-horned antelope or crocodiles, "scientifically bred" in the lake.

    The Crocodile Farm has a guesthouse belonging to the Forest Department where overnight stays are possible. Good forest cover, jungle berries, fruits and nuts, water grasses, algae, and fish provide sustenance for thousands of migrating birds like flamingoes, sarus cranes, spoonbills, painted storks, cormorants, purple heron, egrets, duck, and rosy pelican in winter. One also finds plenty of chakor partridge, crow pheasants, jungle warblers, golden orioles, gray jungle fowl, and the usual peacocks, parrots, pigeons, and doves.
  • Must to do in Kumbhalgarh

    An excursion around Rajasmand Lake will fill your cameras with memories of lovely scenic beauty.

    Horse lovers and adventure seekers can enjoy the thrill of riding and camping in the Reserve Forest around Kumbhalgarh. Each group is accompanied by experienced sawars. Horses, tents and food are provided by the Aohdin on prior notice at a very reasonable cost.

    Interact with the locals and enjoy their folklores and tales about this province

    Visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort and enjoy being a part of history!
  • How to travel in Kumbhalgarh

    The nearest airport to Kumbhalgarh is at Udaipur. The airport is known as the Dabok Airport and it is situated just about 85Kms away from Kumbhalgarh. Phalna is the nearest rail junction to reach Kumbhalgarh. For traveling within Kumbhalgarh, you can make use of either the cycle rickshaws or the tongas, which are easily available.

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