Birthplaces of the great Mewar Ruler, Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most popular and best forts in Rajasthan. It was built by Maharana Kumbha in 15th century, after whom the fort is named.
Interestingly, Kumbhalgarh is also revered for having second-longest wall in the world, covering an area of 36 km sq. The route to the fort too is an interesting one, as ravines and thick woods greet you. If you are planning a visit here, pick a nice stay from the best hotels of Kumbhalgarh and explore the fort at leisure.
Having witnessed a large number of wars, the hill serves as the boundary that is unbreakable. The fort that has seven fortified gateways and a number of Jain temples within it , along with the Lakhola Tank which is the most famous tank inside the fort that was constructed by Rana Lakha. The fort consists of a number of Hindu temples and Jain temples that indicate the religious tolerance of the rulers and how they patronized the Jains and encouraged their culture in the kingdom.
The brilliant Kumbhalgarh fort is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The fort further consists of inscriptions on the foot of idols in Hanuman Pol that provides details of construction of the fort. The Badshahi Bavdi is a stepped tank that was built by the general of Akbar to provide drinking water to the army troops in 1578. The fort initially faced many problems during construction but was resolved by performing a human sacrifice and the main gate of the fortress which is the Hanuman Pol, contains the shrine and a temple to thank and remember the great sacrifice of a warrior.
Its strategic position atop a high ridge camouflaged by the surrounding peaks has made it one of the most important and probably the only impregnable fort of the state.
Though never conquered in battle, it was captured only once by the Mughal army by deceit when they poisoned the water supply of the fort. Being the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh Palace also holds a very special place in history and in the hearts of the Rajputs.
How to Reach Kumbhalgarh:
Falna Railway Station is the closest railway station where a traveller can get down and the avail a taxi or a bus to reach the fort.
The fort is open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM every day of every week throughout the year.
The entry fee for an Indian visitor is Rs 10 while for the foreign travellers it is Rs 100.