Kumbhalgarh is a famous 15th century fort at a distance of around 84 km from Udaipur in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. The fort city is well connected to the other parts of Rajasthan by road. Kumbhalgarh is not just these fabulous monuments and magnificient citadels, but abundance of natural splendors is gracefully bestowed on it makes it a pictorial location. The thick woody forests encompass the vibrant and rich foliage along with a rich variety of fauna.
These forests, which house a wildlife sanctuary, are the popular destination of wildlife aficionados and birdwatchers. Its snaky paths and winding roads are a fascination to those who loves to be in the company of the animal world. The most rocky terrain in the foot of Aravallies is clothed with the natural freshness when the surroundings reflects the cool gust of light breeze, stunning inferno of lightning, heavy thunder storms and the exciting stench of wet soil.
These beautiful signals of tempting monsoon adorn this otherwise mucky terrain in to a blooming paradise of greenery. To enjoy the lavishness solitude or to meander in the midst of glorious past, Kumbhagarh would be a perfect choice. The climate of Kumbhalgarh is tropical with the mercury climbing up to a maximum of around 42°C during summers while winters are a bit colder with the temperature hovering between a maximum of around 25°C and a minimum of around 11°C. The annual total rainfall is around 88 centimeters. Winter months (September-March) are the best to visit this place.
Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan was once the seat of Prince Samprati, who was the Jain descendants of the erstwhile Mauryan Dynasty, who ruled here in the 2nd century. Rana Kumbha is said to have been the most important ruler of Kumbhalgarh. He is believed to have designed 32 out of the 84 fortress that were then used for aiding Mewar. At that time, it also served as a safe haven for Mewar’s rulers during the times of contention.
The city is also associated with Prince Udai, who is said to have been smuggled out of Chittor in the year 1535, when Chittor was under the siege of the Mughals. The prince later became the king and founded the city of Udaipur. The combined forces of Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, led to the siege of Kumbhalgarh. The Badal Mahal has beautiful apartments painted with delicate pastel-colored murals.
Haldighati is the scene of the famous battle of 1576 fought between Rana Pratap, the heroic son of King Udai Singh, and the massive forces of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A beautiful chhatri or canopy with white marble columns dedicated to Rana Pratap stands here. The 586 sq km Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is also a place worth a visit.
A rich variety of wildlife like the panther, sloth bear, wild boar, four-horned antelope, and scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake within the sanctuary are the major attractions of this sanctuary.
BY AIR - Udaipur is the nearest domestic airport. One can take flights to other important tourist destinations of the region like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, and Delhi. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.
BY RAIL - Udaipur is also the nearest railway station from Kumbhalgarh. There are trains for Delhi, Chittaur, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur from Udaipur.