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Kumbhalgarh Fort is perched at an elevation of 1914 on the foothills of Aravali Ranges. Thirteen hill peaks surround this fort. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and five hill forts of Rajasthan and Rajasthan's architectural wonder.
Rana Kumbha of the Mewar dynasty built this splendid and grand fort in the 15th century AD under renowned architect Mandan's direction. This wall is the second largest after the Great Wall of China. The wall has enough width for eight horses to run alongside.
Ram Gate (Ram Pol) is the entrance gate. The fort comprises seven gates and 360 temples. The main gates of the fort are Hanuman Pol, Halla Pol, and Aaret Pol. The winding wall stretches for 38 kilometers.
Fort houses Kumbha Palace, Jain Temples, Baoris(stepwell), Chhatris(cenotaphs), water reservoirs, and Brahmanical. Rana Fateh Singh constructed the Badal Mahal (Palace of clouds) with two interconnected parts of Mardana Mahal and Zenana Mahal in AD 1885-1930. Pastel-colored murals adorn the rooms of the palace. Chambers had air conditioning systems. The fort offers a bird’s eye view of hills, forests, and the dunes in the Thar Desert from the defense.
This place is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Pratap. King Udai of Mewar got refuge in his early childhood when Banbir slew Vikramaditya and usurped the throne.
Its strategic position, inaccessibility, and topography make this fort invincible. This citadel is the second most important after Chittorgarh fort in the Mewar region. The fort could hold out against a protracted siege by enemies. Its security could be compromised only once by the Mughal and Amber's combined armies due to lack of drinking water.
This is the oldest temple built inside the fort. It is built on a 12 feet platform.
Rana Kumbha built this three-storeyed octagonal Jain temple on a raised platform near the Hanuman Pol. Thirty-six pillars support the domical ceiling. Later, Maharana Fateh Singh renovated it.
This temple was built in 1513 on the eastern side of Bawan Jain temples and Golera Jain temple.
Bawan Devi Temple
Bawan(fifty-two) shrines in a single complex make it Bawan Devi Temple. The lalatabimba of the doorway bears a carved image of Jain Tirthankara. The big shrine consists of a sanctum, antarala, and an open mandapa.
Beautiful blue durbar hall, circular Ganesh Temple, ventilated toilets make it the finest example of Rajput architecture. A corridor separates the mardana (men's) palace from the zanana (women's) palace. An attractively painted frieze with elephants, crocodiles, and camels festoon Some zenana rooms.
This highest point of the fortress is a two-storeyed building with pastel color paint in the interiors. Wall paintings and attractive friezes of the 19th-century style beautify the palace. The queens used to view the court proceedings and other events through stone jail screens in the Zanana Mahal. This is a suitable place for clicking photographs given the view of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and hills.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Light and Sound Show at Fort
This is a show in Hindi about Rajput Royals for 45 minutes. It starts at 6:45 pm.
Ticket charges are 100 INR for Indians and 250 INR for foreigners.
Temples in Kumbhalgarh
Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Muchhal Mahavir Temple, Parshuram Temple, Mammadev Temple, and Ranakpur Jain Temple are the prominent sacred places in Kumbhalgarh.
Fairs and Festivals
Gher Ghoomer is the main festival at Chamunda Devi Temple among local tribes. People from tribes such as Bheels, Garasias, and Rawats dance on drum beats. Village girls play with colored water and sing songs with double entendres. People enjoy local brew laced with bhang.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Its forest has been turned into a wildlife sanctuary. You can see Asiatic Lions, four-horned antelopes or chausingas, panthers, wild boars, wolves, sloth bears, jackals, sambars, chinkaras, leopards, hyenas, jungle cats, nilgais, and hares. You can spot birds like Parakeets, Bulbul, Grey Pigeons, Spur Owls, White Breasted Kingfisher. It offers lion safari as well. Wolf is the main attraction of this sanctuary.
07:00 am - 06:00 pm. It should take your 3-4 hours to see this sanctuary.
Please note that the sanctuary is closed between July and September.
Entry Fee and other charges
Charges are 20 INR for Indians, 160 INR for foreigners, and 2 INR for Indian students.
Videography 400 INR
Two-wheelers charge 20 INR
Jeep, car, and minibus charge 130 INR
Jeep Jungle Safari
Jeep safari picks you from the sanctuary's entry gate and takes you to Thandi Beri and back in 3.5 hours. You spot predators, birds, and other animals. The famous Jain temple at Ranakpur is at the other end of the sanctuary.
Several hotels from Kumbhalgarh, Kotri, Ghanerao, Narlai, and Ranakpur organize a jeep or horse safari.
Safari Cost: 2500 INR per Jeep for 6 Persons or 1200 INR per adult
No charges for kids below five years old.
Main walking trails are Kumbhalgarh to Thandi Beri (14 km), Roopnagar to Sumer (98 km), Ranakpur to Ranakankar (15 km), Ranakpur to Kumbhalgarh (25 km), Malgarh to Magga (8 km), Roopanmata to Ranakpur (30 km) and Ranakpur to Thandi Beri (15 km). The entry permit is the document to go on treks. You can get a guide from your travel agent or ask a forest guard to escort you for 200-500 INR a day.
Hotels provide Rajasthani dishes such as safed maas (mutton in a curry of almonds, cashews, coconut kernel paste, poppy seeds, and white pepper), pasta, fish, and chips.