Try to pick up any random excerpt or vignette about Rajasthan, which does not speak of the valor and bravery of its magnanimous kings. Next to impossible!! And why shouldn’t they? This land is proud to have blessed humanity with such benevolent, gargantuan and invincible kings who have transformed their period of regime into a golden era. Regality perfumes the air of Rajasthan, and valor runs in the veins of every person born on this great soil. And when comes the question of the blend of all such qualities which go into making an invincible warrior,a benevolent king and a fierce patriot, the land of Rajasthan unanimously presents one name, ‘Maharana Pratap’. And here we are with legacy, his birthplace-Kumbhalgarh.
It might sound like a cliche, but the fact still remains that Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most magnificent forts of Rajasthan, earning repute all throughout the globe as the one of the World Heritage sites.
Erected in the Mewar province of Rajsamand district of Rajasthan in the 15th century, the perimeter wall of the fort extends to almost 36 kms. The fort is well over 1100 metres above the sea level. The fort houses seven gates and over 360 temples, of which 300 are Jain temples and the rest are Hindu temples. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha, the then ruler of Mewar and expanded in the 19th century. The fort truly remained impregnable to attacks, except in 1535 when it succumbed to the forces of Mughal emperor Akbar, owing to shortage of drinking water. If you thought that these facts were amazing enough, the list is not over yet- the wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort is the second largest in Asia (pretty obvious as to which is the largest one). Also, it is believed that Maharana Kumbha burnt huge lamps that consumed fifty kilograms of ghee and hundred kilograms of cotton to facilitate for the lighting condition which would help the poor farmers who worked in their farms in the valley during the night.
Such is the glory and magnificence of the Kumbhalgarh fort. If reading about the fort gives you Goosebumps, then imagine the excitement, the thrill that will come racing down your spine when you stand right in front of this bastion of unparalleled strength.
When to visit : Kumbhalgarh Fort
Best time to visit: August - February