view from kumbhalgarh Fort
A well known Mewar fortress in the district of Rajsamand is Kumbhalgarh. It is highly unique destination that is picked by several tourists in Rajasthan. It is not just the Indians that Kumbhalgarh draws attention but tourists from all over the globe. This massive citadel built in the 1443 A.D. has a wildlife sanctuary nearby. This destination majorly impresses the photographers who are inclined on capturing jungle safari.
Calmly located on the Banas river banks this bulbous fortress is one of the greatest historic citadel. It approximately took 15 years for Rana Kumbha to get it built. Only visitors to this place would be able to understand the stupendous creation that the man has brilliantly achieved. The domed palace with 36 kilometers long winding walls has successfully defended this citadel from various battles. The walls of this citadel are second famous after the Great Wall of China.
Guarded by 7 lofty gates you would pleasurably climb the steep walls. There are various folklores and legends associated to this fortress of Kumbhalgarh. It was believed that when the construction of this magnificent structure began it would crumble to ruin by the end of the day. It was due to a voluntary human sacrifice that this structure was able to build. In memory of this sacrifice Rana Kumbh built a temple that has a shrine in it.
On the top of a cliff is a palace that is known as Badal Mahal. It is a two – storied structure that is divided in two inter – connected portions. These two portions are known as Zanana and Mardana Mahal. The elaborately decorated Mahal with oil paintings are worth a visit. Zanana Mahal was developed with stone jalis in order to facilitate several queens so that they can indirectly attend the court proceedings.
Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple:
Very close to fortress you will come across the Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 6 foot high stone Linga that symbolizes Shiva is in this temple. This is the only deity that is present in this area. It is worshipped and well maintained by all the local people in this area.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary:
Sprawled across 578 sq km this sanctuary surrounds the massive Kumbhalgarh fort. The wildlife park therefore gets its name from the fort. Broadening all across the beautiful and mighty Aravalli Range this sanctuary covers areas like Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts. Various endangered species of wild have found a safe abode in this sanctuary. It is safe and natural home to Leopards, Wolf, Hyena, Sloth bear, Chausingha, Jackal, Sambhar, Jungle cat, Nilgai, Hare and Chinkara.
- Vedi Temple
- Mammadev Temple
This small village has no traveling facility. But if you are keen on visiting and relishing the local culture then you need to make traveling arrangements. You can go for a nature hike or book a safari for touring this village.
Ideal Time to Visit:
November to February is known to be the ideal months to visit Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur.