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Kumbhalgarh is also a birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. The Kumbalgarh fort It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh. It is claimed to be the longest in the world after the Great Wall of China. Over 360 temples are within the fort, 300 ancient Jain and the rest Hindu.
The fort was built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha. The highest fort and the most formidable one Kumbalgarh fort could not be even captured by the Mughals. It took the combined forces of Delhi, Amber and Marwar to win it. The fort provides a beautiful view of the countryside.
The second biggest wall after the great wall of China the 37 km long long wall with 7 gates and 25 ft thick ramparts is alos complimented by a underground passage leading to a asecret tunnel for escape. Hanuman pol, Ram pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra pol, Topkhana pol, and Nimboo pol are the 6 gates.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress.
How to reach
By Air - The nearest airport from Kumbhalgarh is Udaipur. (48 kms)
Ry Rail - Nearest railhead is Phalna, a junction railway station, which is well connected to Mumbai, Ajmer, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
By Road - A good network of buses link Kumabalgarh and other cities.
Places to see
The Kumbalgarh fort perches on 13 montain peaks of the Aravallis. A steep climb to the narrow road leads to the enterance. It was also the home of the enstranged Mugal prince Jehangir from his father Shah Jahan. Also here are the ancient jain temples which dates back to the Maurayan period.This historic fort has many interesting features that will astonish you. The Aret pol is the first gate and it was used to send mirror signals to all the other gates in the event of a emergency. The two gates of Ram pol and Vijay Pol has 3 stone statues in between . It i said that three muslim ladies were buried alive here as a punishment for helping the enemies. Inside the fort is another fort named Kartargarh fort .
It has around 365 temples and was built was Maharana Fateh Singh. Topkhana pol has an underground gate that leads to a secret tunnel. Hanuman pol is the third gate and has a shrine of Lord Hanuman. Nimboo pol is the last gate and in history Udai Singh was saved from Bundi and kept in these chambers by his maid Panna Devi when his uncles had planned to kill him to take the throne. Hulla pol still has cannon shots of the war with the Mughals. Paghra pol is where the cavalry assembled before the battle. The Fateh Prakash palace has the durbar hall and is advanced in ventilation. Vijay Stambha is the victory tower and the Badal Mahal is one of the most beautiful palaces and the soaring height over other palaces inside the Kumbalgarh fort.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
This is one of the few parks that allows people on horseback.
It has the 5 ft high shivaling.
There is the idol of Kuber - the lord of wealth.
Ranakpur Jain temple (50 kms)
50 kms away from Kumbalgarh, it has the marble Jain temples and the Sun temple. The Jain temples are dedicated to Lord Adinatha.
Muchchal Mahavir temple (7 kms)
It is 5 kms away from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalagrh sanctuary and here Lord Mahavira has a mustache.
Haldighati (60 kms)
It was the venue of the famous battle of Rana Pratap and the mughal emperor Akbar. A beautiful cenotap of marble is built here. A small chattri commemorates the heroisim of Chetak the horse of Maharana Pratap who carried its master to safety even after being injured badly in the battle. The mud of this area is notably yellowish in colour.
Garasia Trabal Village
Around the Mucchal Mahavira temple are these tribal villages. One can have a walk to these villages and have a look at the lifestyle, culture and traditions of the poeple there.
Mt Abu (141 kms)
Mt Abu sits around the Nakki lake which is said to be scapped from the ground by the Gods. The place is the top choice for honeymooners. The wildlife reserve has around 250 species of animals and birds. The Dilwara temples from time immemorable have been known for their intricate design and carvings.
Deogarh (102 kms)
For adventure seekers, nature lovers and bird watchers, Deogarh is an ideal spot to visit. The palace has a fascinating place for those who want to delve in the statae
Ranakpur (12 kms)
48 kms from Kumbalgarh are the ranakpur temples which is a cluster of temples made of intricately sculpted white marble. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved and sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars none of which are similarly carved. Four main domes again beautifully carved look down upon you. The Jain temples house statues of Mahavira and other Jain saints. Entry for Non Jains is from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Ghanero (10 kms)
18 kms from ranakpur, it houses a castle where Meera bai spent her childhood. Within the red sandstone walls of Royal Castle Ghanero built in the 15th century is a temple with the idol she worshipped. A part of the castle has been turned into a hotel another part is used by the present generation of the royal family. Kumbalgarh sanctuary extends to the periphery of Ghanero village. Several lakes sorround the village. The castle can also be your base for horse safari in the region.