Kumbhalgarh: Kumbhalgarh Fort, History of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

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Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh is about 84 km from Udaipur which is situated in the north western Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh is one of the finest examples of defensive fortification in Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century AD, belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. Kumbhalgarh is famous for its 15th century fort and a game sanctuary. Kumbhalgarh, the fort city is well connected to the other parts of Rajasthan by road. The Kumbhalgarh fort was the second most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. This fort is rising from a prominent ridge at a height of 1914 meters high from the sea level.

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort in Kumbhalgarh

The fort was built between 1445 and 1458 AD by Rana Kumbha. Kumbhalgarh Fort provides an excellent view of the countryside. The huge stone bastion stands atop a hill and allows access through spiked gates. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36 km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other which are ideal for nature trail. The wall of the fort is about 25 feet thick and is the second largest continuous wall in the world. Within its fortified ramparts are palaces, temples, fields, water sources and farms. The Last gate-the "Nimboo Pol" has fascinating chambers. Kumbhalgarh fort has twenty one beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms with marble inlay and individual open terrace with uninterrupted view.

History of Kumbhalgarh Fort

According to legends, the infant Udai Singh who later founded Udaipur, was smuggled from Bundi and was hidden in the chambers of "Nimboo Pol" to save himself from his murderous intentions of his uncles. The fort has also witnessed many heroic deeds of great warriors. This formidable fort fell only once to the army of Akbar and that too because the water supply was contaminated by the enemy forces. Kumbhalgarh also has its significance of being the birth place of Maharana Pratap.

Other Attraction in Kumbhalgarh

The other major attraction in Kumbhalgarh besides the Kumbhalgarh fort is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary : Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 586 square km. Various wildlife animals like Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Four-horned Antelope are found in this wildlife sanctuary. Scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake within the sanctuary are the major attraction of this sanctuary. During winters, the sanctuary becomes home to various migratory birds like Flamingoes, Cormorants, Spoonbills and Egrets.

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