The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.
Sprawling over an area of 578 sq km, the sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Situated at an elevation of 500 to 1300 metres, the sanctuary is home to a large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. Some of the animals that inhabit the sanctuary include hares, chinkaras, four horned antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, jungle cats, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards and wolves.
The sanctuary also abounds in birdlife and some of the birds that can be easily spotted here include grey jungle fowl, peacocks, doves, white breasted kingfisher, bulbuls, pigeons, golden oriole, and parakeets.
The natural grandeur of Kumbhalgarh is the most attractive feature about the sanctuary. Its scenic beauty attracts tourists and travellers from all over the country and the world. It is situated at a distance of about 100 km from Udaipur and this makes the sanctuary an extremely popular tourist place.
Visitors can enjoy foot tracking and horse safaris in the sanctuary, arranged by local tour operators. The route for safaris starts from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and continues till Ghanerao. On an abandoned road near Ghanerao, visitors can spot several bird species, four horned antelopes, chinkaras and neelgais.
The Keoladeo Wildlife Sanctuary was in news some time ago. The Supreme Court of India favoured the sanctuary for relocation of Asiatic Lions over the reintroduction of Cheetahs proposal. Lion Safaris are being proposed currently to increase the tourist inflow into the national park.
Best time to visit : October to March
Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep, Trek
Highlights of the park :
- Join the fascinating Lion Safari and spot these majestic animals
- Visit the historic Kumbalgarh Fort within the sanctuary
- Catch the glimpses of several species of exotic and colourful birds
- Go for a horse safari and explore the imposing beauty of the sanctuary
- One can also go for foot tracking and jeep safari