Have you visited Kumbhalgarh Fort, ‘The Great Wall of India’?
What is the History of Kumbhal Fort?
According to popular folklore, Maharana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps that consumed Kumbhalgarh (literally “Kumbhal fort”) is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.. It was the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh Fort. The wall surrounding the fort of Kumbhalgarh is one of the offbeat attractions in India. It stands as a safeguard of the colossal fort that has some 360 temples. Kumbhalgarh has seven fortified gateways.
Fifty kilograms of ghee and a hundred kilograms of cotton to provide light for the farmers who worked during the nights in the valley.
Maharana Pratap is still revered as the supreme symbol of Rajput valour, the unconquerable warrior who rebuff to bow to Mughal emperor Akbar as he fought alone and sovereign to protect his realm’s independence.
This fort is also known as the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary king Maharana Pratap.
Why is it famous ?
1.In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kumbhalgarh Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
2.It is a 36-km long wall. This massive, majestic and mystifying wall is not a mere structure of bricks. It zigzags through barren valleys and along mountaintops.
3.It is rightly named the Great Wall of India after the Great Wall of China.
4.The 15-meter wide wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort is not just an attraction but a wonder as well.
5.The fort is among the largest fort complexes in the world, and the second largest fort in India after Chittor Fort.
The fort is now open to the public and is spectacularly lit for a few minutes each evening.
Image Credits- Punetopune
How to reach?
Kumbhalgarh does not have a railway station. The nearest railway stations are Udaipur and Falna which are respectively 85km and 80km away from Kumbhalgarh. Tourists can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Kumbhalgarh. Kumbhalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by road.