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.
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.