Among one of the many forts built by Rana Kumbha in the year (1433-68), Kumbhalgarh Fort is serenely located at 1100 m above the sea level and is about 80 km 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 the second most important fort of Mewar, after Chittorgarh. Inaccessibility, hostility and isolation make this place vividly romantic. This fort remained unconquerable always but once. On that one 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 the 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 the name, it gives you the illusion of walking in the clouds. It is also accredited to be the birthplace of great warrior Maharana Pratap. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century.
The Fort is easily reachable by hiring taxi/buses from Udaipur city. An evening stroll around the ruins in the fort compound could be very educative.