Asiatic Lions and Horseback Safari at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary across the Aravalli Range in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, India.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from Kumbhalgarh fort.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of around 578 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of around 1,600 feet to 4,300 feet, above sea level.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife park is home to many species of animals and birds, including some of the highly endangered species of animals. Horseback safari and trekking packages are available with local tour operators.

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is now undergoing a Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project from 2009. Lion safari or Jeep safari are available here.

Ancient and Historic Kumbhalgarh fort, the second largest fort wall in the state of Rajasthan, is situated inside this Wildlife Sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary?

Majority of the Tourists to this wildlife sanctuary comes from Udaipur, known for its palaces, lakes, courtyards and gardens. Udaipur is at around 85 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh village, where the entry point to the Wildlife Sanctuary is located. There are other entry and exit points also.

Udaipur City railway station is a major station at Udaipur. Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport alias Maharana Pratap Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is the airport on the outskirts of Udaipur city.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Kumbhalgarh Fort and Hill Forts of Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rajsamand district near Udaipur, which is part of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The fort wall is the second largest fort wall in the state of Rajasthan having a length of 38 kilometers.

Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan.

The fort was built in the 1440’s by Rana Kumbha, Maharana of Kumbhalgarh,. The construction of the fort took around 16 years. The Fort houses approximately 360 temples, out of which 300 are Jain temples and the rest are having Hindu deities.

The highest point of this Mewar fortress is Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds). Maharana Pratap, one of the legendary rulers of Mewar, was born in this fort.

One can enjoy the beauty of the Thar Desert from the Kumbhalgarh fort on a clear day. This fort has been captured only once in its history, that too not to a single ruler; but to the joint armies of Akbar (the Mughal Emperor), Raja Man Singh (Amer Kingdom), Raja Udai Singh (Marwar Kingdom) and the Sultan of Gujarat. This happened as the fort has ran out of water, despite the fort having one of the best rainwater harvesting systems prevalent those days.

Bhairon Singh temple is a temple inside the fort where the monk, Bhairon Singh, is said to have sacrificed his life.

How Do I Go to Kumbhalgarh fort?

Kumbhalgarh fort is part of Aravalli Hills in Rajsamand district near Udaipur. The Fort is at around 80 kilometers from Udaipur, the city of Lakes.