Top 5 Places in Kumbalgarh, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
Famous for its monstrous snake-like fortress, the town of Kumbhalgarh is one more quill in the Rajasthan imperial cap. The old town is well known for its glorious landmarks, sumptuous castles, a huge number of sanctuaries, and colorful chattris. Kumbhalgarh is a structural wonder of Mewar.
The world heritage Kumbhalgarh fort is undoubtedly Rajasthan’s pride and treasure. Kumbhalgarh Fort is amongst the five hill forts of Rajasthan that were declared UNESCO’s world heritage site in 2013. It is tucked between the foothills of the Aravalli ranges, bound by 13 hill peaks.
A fun fact: Kumbhalgarh fort possesses the largest wall after the great wall of China, which continues to leave the onlookers spellbound with its architectural genius and captivating beauty. Constructed at an elevation of 1914 meters, the view below from the fort is simply mesmerizing.
To witness the royal lifestyles, visit the Kumbha Mahal and Badalmahal. Jhulia Kamahal which is MaharanaPratap’s birthplace is worth a visit. Kumbhalgarh is a must-visit destination on the Rajasthan tour package
Under the rule of King Rana Kumbha, the kingdom of Mewar stretched right from Ranthambore to Gwalior. The kingdom also included vast tracts of Madhya Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. About 84 fortresses have been defending Mewar from its enemies. Out of the 84, Rana Kumbha, himself, has designed about 32 of them.
Amongst all the fortresses designed by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh has been the most impressive, famous, and most massive one with a wall of 36 km. The fort lies about 90 Kms away from Udaipur. It is the most important fort after Chittorgarh. It is also said that the Maharana of Kumbhalgarh failed to build the fort’s wall many times.
Later, a pilgrim advised them to behead him and to build up a temple wherever his head fell. He also asked them to build the wall where his body laid. Following his advice, the wall, which is the second-largest wall in the world, was built.
And by some queer coincidence, this fort has 360 temples within the fort walls. In addition to these 6 forts, there are 78 more forts dotting several hills around Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh separated Mewar from Marwar and was used as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger, especially Prince Udai who was smuggled to in 1535. This happened when Chittaur was under siege. Udai later founded Udaipur. This fort is also known to be the birthplace of Maha Rana Pratap.
The year 1576 was the only time Kumbhalgarh Fort went into the hands of enemies, because of water shortage. Shahbaz Khan, Akbar’s general, took control of Kumbhalgarh fort. However, Maharana Pratap recaptured the fort in 1585. In 1818, the fort was taken over by the Marathas.
How to reach?
Kumbhalgarh is accessible from various cities and towns of Rajasthan and India by good means of communication. Here are the easy ways to reach Kumbhalgarh easily.
By Air: Kumbhalgarh does not have an airport of its own, but one can fly to Udaipur and then reach the city by road. Udaipur, about 85 km away, is the nearest airport. Pre-paid taxis charge about Rs 1500-2000 from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh.
By Train: Nearest railhead is Falna, around 80 km away, which is a junction railway station. It is well-connected to Mumbai, Ajmer, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. Taxis can be hired from the station to Kumbhalgarh.
By Road: Rajasthan State Government Roadways provides ordinary as well as deluxe buses which stop at Kumbhalgarh en-route to other cities. The town is connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, and Pushkar by state buses which ply frequently.
If you want to self-drive to Kumbhalgarh, the 610 km journey will take about 11 hours of your daytime. Agra is 600 km, Jaipur is 350 km, Jodhpur is 175 km, Ahmedabad is 315 km away from the fort of Kumbhalgarh.
Places to visit
Kumbhalgarh is the home for an exquisite and gigantic fort named after the city, or the other way round. However, there are numerous places to visit in and around the proximity of Kumbhalgarh. Here is a few recommendations from our end:
1. Badal Mahal: It is the highest point in the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Famously known as the ‘Palace of Clouds’. It is located at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Badal Mahal is a two-story palace. The whole building of the palace is parted into two interconnected mahals called the Mardana Mahal and the Zanana Mahal.
Tourists have to pay an entry fee to visit the fort. Tourists from India, SAARC countries, and BIMSTEC countries have to pay Rs. 15 while the tourists belonging to other countries have to pay Rs. 200. Tourists also have to pay Rs.100 to watch the light and sound show which is conducted only in the Hindi language.
The stony stern muscular fort comes alive at night to tell stories of yesteryears! There is a light and sound show every evening for 45 minutes. Beautiful narration of the history of the fort! Thereafter the fort is lit for an hour. You have to buy separate tickets for this. Inside the fort, the paths aren’t well lit, better to be armed with a torch.
2. Muchhal Mahavir Temple: It is dedicated to Lord Mahavir and is located in the Pali District of Rajasthan state. The temple is located in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, which is about 5 km away from Ghanerao. This temple is known for the statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva with a mustache.
One can visit Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, where 6 feet tall stone Shivling is situated. Also, Mammadev Temple, which housed the deity of wealth Kuber. It has also erected two cenotaphs in memory of Rana Kumbha and Prithviraj Chauhan.
3. The Chamukha Temple: Ranakpur is a small village (near the town of Sadri in the Pali district in Rajasthan) located in the heart of the enchanting valley of Aravali hills. The famous Jain temples of Ranakpur, built in the early 15th century by a merchant named Dharan Shah. The city is home to an unusually beautiful temple complex that is dedicated to Adinatha, the first of 24 Tirthankaras of Jain.
4. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: Surrounding the popular Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan. The sanctuary spreads in an area of 610.5 sq km covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali districts.
The wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan is known for being the home to a variety of animals including some endangered species. There are a large number of birds to be sighted in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, the most common one spotted here is the grey jungle fowl.
A wonderful experience to explore the beauty of Kumbhalgarh’s wildlife which can be witnessed with the help of this jeep safari in the sanctuary. Be ready to witness a variety of wildlife like wolves, leopards, and many more.
5. Nathdwara: The famous Shrinathji temple situated in the town of Nathdwara is the key attraction here. The beautiful temple has a 12th-century idol of an infant Krishna and is highly regarded by locals and tourists alike. Beware of touts offering quick darshans and shorter queues.
Where to Stay?
Kumbhalgarh is a busy tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors throughout the year. You will find ample hotels of different budgets, offering you various amenities. If your pocket allows, stay near the fort. However, you would have to head to nearby villages for cheaper accommodation.
Best Place to Eat
Maruti Restaurant serves the original Kathiawadi cuisine in Nand Complex. If you are fond of veg and nonveg south Indian cuisine, hit the Periyar Restaurant in Ambrosia Complex. In the same complex, you will find a Picasso restaurant.
If you are fond of ‘Dhaba’ style spicy food, Mirch Masala on racecourse road gives you the same spice. Lazeez is good for Mughlai food in Vishwas Colony, particularly the biryani.
When to Visit?
Being in a desert region, Kumbhalgarh is normally not visited in the summer season. The summer is hot and arid, and sightseeing in this weather is often not advisable. Young children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from respiratory and skin allergies would do well to avoid this season altogether.
When it comes to the monsoon season, there are scanty rain showers in this area, and the temperature falls at first. However, after the rain shower has gone and the ground has dried, the humidity increases and you can feel uncomfortably hot. This season is not too conducive weather-wise, but there are fewer tourist footfalls so you can move about in relative peace
You can easily get hotel and resort bookings, and the tariffs at the best restaurants in Kumbhalgarh may have also been reduced. And yet, the area comes alive with the fresh rainfall and everything looks fresh and beautiful.
However, the best time to visit Kumbhalgarh is the winter season. The temperature is pleasant and the sky is a clear blue. There is good visibility during the months of October to December. Post-December and up to early February, the winter sets in earnest and you will have to bundle up warmly because it gets really cold.
Things to Remember
Keep clothing according to the time you are visiting. Light, comfortable and bright clothes in summers but jackets and thermals in winters are advisable. However, do not wear heavy winter outfits as you will get enough sunlight and the long tiring journey is likely to make you sweat, in the winter as well.
Wear comfortable footwear and carry water with you because it will take you around 1-2 hours to reach the fort and it will be a tedious trip. The slopes are quite steep so senior citizens with knee issues might find the climb strenuous and tedious.
A toilet facility is available inside the fort. It is free of cost. You can purchase snacks and other eatables from a couple of shops. It is advisable to take a guide along with you so that you know the relevance and history of the place.
Keep your body hydrated to overcome heat waves. Avoid eating too much-fried food in summers, but winters are a foodie paradise. Do Carry with you a necessary first aid kit. Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport or license.