Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. Located at a distance of 64 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand district, Kumbhalgarh Fort is easily accessible from the city of Udaipur. This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the Aravali ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort derived its name from the same factor.
Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed
on the top most ridges around 1,914 meters above sea level. The
fortifications of the fort extend to the length of 36 kilometers and
this fact has made this fort to be in the international records. It is
stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ''the
Great Wall of China''. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous
palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent.
On your way to Kumbhalgarh fort, a few kilometers before, you will find
yourself on a zigzag road going through deep ravines and thick forests.
This way would take you to the Arait Pol, where you can trace the
watch-tower and then Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol,
Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol will come across your track.
The impregnable Fort boasts of seven massive gates, seven ramparts
folded with one another with designed walls toughened by curved bastions
and huge watch towers. The strong structure and solid foundation of the
Fort made it unbeatable till date. The hefty walls of the fort are broad
enough to stand eight horses side by side. There are not less than 360
temples inside the complex of the Fort. Amongst all of them, Shiva
Temple is worth visiting that comprises a huge Shivalinga (Phallic
The Fort is also known for its famous palace that resides on the top of
structure. This beautiful palace is known as 'Badal Mahal' or the Palace
of Cloud. It is also accredited to be the birth place of great warrior
Maharana Pratap. This palace has beautiful rooms with lovely color
combination of green, turquoise and white presenting a bright contrast
to the earthy colors of the Fort. This place gives the appearance of
being wandering in the world of clouds. Cloud Palace also offers a
fantastic panoramic vista of the down town.
In the late 19th century, Rana Fateh Singh once again took the
initiative to rebuild this remarkable palace. In the times of
dissension, the fort also offered refuge to the rulers of Mewar. Even,
the baby king Udai Singh was kept here safe during the time of battles.
The large complex of the Fort offers ancient remnants to explore and one
can spend a pleasurable evening while strolling through the ravines of