Among one of the many forts built by Rana Kumbha in year (1433-68), Kumbhalgarh fort is serenely located at 1100 m above the sea leave and is about 80 kms north of Udaipur. Endless views of surroundings can be seen from the fort. Twisting and turning roads to the fort makes the journey equally eventful.
Kumbhalgarh fort is second most important fort of Mewar, after Chittorgarh. Inaccessibility and hostility and isolation, makes this place vividly romantic. This fort remained unconquerable always but once. At that only occasion also, it took Amer, Marwar and Akbar’s joint armies to break the protection provided by Aravalli hills.
Thick walls of Kumbhalgarh fort are stretched about 36kms and are wide enough to stand six horses abreast. Magnificient arrays of temples are encircled by this fort. These temples are of Mauryans era. Among these 360 temples, Shiva temple is worth a look due to a huge “Shivalinga” placed in it. Most picturesque place is the “Badal Mahal” or the “Palace of the Clouds”. As per named, it gives you the illusion of walking in the clouds. It is also accredited to be the birth place of great warrior Maharana Pratap. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century.
Fort is easily reachable by hiring taxi/buses from Udaipur city. An evening stroll around the ruins in fort compound could be very educative.