Visit the most amazing fort in Rajasthan, India and get to know why it was never captured by force. Here’s a complete guide to the Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajasthan.
History of the Kumbhalgarh Fort
Dating back to the 15th century, the Kumbhalgarh Fort still stands strong as an architectural warfare wonder in between the eleven peaks of the Aravalli ranges. The fortified walls are impenetrable and stretch out over an impressive length of 35 km. The inside of the fort has different sections and you can walk up to the roof of the fort by a curving road (read below).
It was Maharana Kumbha who undertook the construction of this architectural marvel in the 15th century. And it was built over a period of 15 years by the famous architect Mandan. Nowadays the Kumbhalgarh Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It was never captured by force
The strategic position of the Kumbhalgarh Fort on top of a high ridge camouflaged by the surrounding peaks has given it a bonus in defense. It was never taken by battle.
However, it was captured only once by the Mughal army by deceit when they poisoned the water supply of the fort.
Things to do inside the Fort
As the Kumbhalgarh Fort walls cover a mind dazzling length of 36 km it’s often called ‘the great wall of India’. It’s the second-largest wall in the world. This means the fort covers quite an area and there are quite a few things you can do inside of the Kumbhalgarh Fort walls.
Climb to the roof
You can follow the path that most visitors follow, which is straight to the top roof of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It will take you about 30-45 minutes to get there if you take your time to look around for beautiful views over the surrounding hills.
There will be stairs, steep roads and fort gates which you’ll have to pass to get to the roof. When you walk up, try to imagine how difficult it must have been to capture this fort. In fact, the Kumbhalgarh Fort actually never was taken by force. That’s how well it was built as a defence.
Walk on the Fort walls
If you let yourself a bit more time inside of the Kumbhalgarh Fort, you can take a short or long walk on the fort walls. In total length, they are 36km long. And as they are the second-longest walls in the world (behind the great wall of China), they can offer quite unique views on the green hills that surround the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Hang out in the viewpoint areas
Whenever you walk up to the top roof of the Kumbhalgarh Fort or you take a stroll on the fortified walls, you’ll notice that there are a couple of viewpoint areas. These places offer great views over the surroundings and they are perfect for good photography or just a minute of gazing at the view.
Tip: they are also great spots for a quick snack, lunch or refreshing drink as a break. Probably some of the best viewpoints in Rajasthan, India.
How to get there
The Kumbhalgarh Kort is located high up in the Rajasthan hills, just north from Udaipur and South of Jodhpur. It will take a couple of hours of transport to get there. Best is to book a tour by a tourist office in Udaipur or Jodhpur so a guide can bring you with a car and takes you back. This is the fastest way to go to the Kumbhalgarh fort. You can also drive there yourself from Udaipur or Jodhpur if you have your own way of transport.
There are also quite a lot of good accommodation options in the area of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. So you don’t necessarily have to stay in Udaipur or Jodhpur.
Tip: From Udaipur, you can do a half-day trip to the Kumbhalgarh Fort and also include a visit to the Ranakpur temples, which are located about 30 minutes from the Kumbhalgarh Fort.