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DESTINATIONS » WEST INDIA » RAJASTHAN » KUMBHALGARH
 
  
 
Cradled in the cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges in Southern Rajasthan, the formidable medieval citadel of Kumbhalgarh is the most important fort in the Mewar region after Chittaurgarh. It is a secluded place, built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century and owing to its inaccessibility on top of the Aravalli ranges at 110m, it was taken only once in its history. Even then it took the combined forces of the Mughal emperor Akbar and those of Amber and Marwar to breach its defences. It was here that the rulers of Mewar retreated in times of danger. The walls of the fort stretch some 36km and enclose many temples, palaces, gardens and water storage facilities. Rounded bastions and soaring watch-towers strengthen the crenellated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure.

Fascinating chambers are built on the western side of the last gate, the 'Nimboo Pol'. According to history, the infant Udai Singh was smuggled from Bundi and hidden in these chambers by his faithful maid Panna Dai to save him from the murderous intentions of his Uncles who desired the throne. Udai Singh ascended the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residence and later established Udaipur.

The most picturesque of the palace is the 'Badal Mahal' or Palace of Clouds. The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures. It offers a superb bird's eye view of the countryside surrounding the fort. There are several temples within the fort such as a Jain temple, a Kali temple and a Shiva temple that enshrines a fine black marble lingam.
 
     
  Place To See  
 
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Muchhal Mahavira Temple
 
  Things to do  
 
Wildlife safari, Heritage sightseeing, Jain and Hindu pilgrimage
 
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  By road  
     
     
 
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  Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary       Muchhal Mahavira Temple  
             
     
     
 
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
Destination Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Location Kumbhalgarh
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Wildlife
Activities
Wildlife Safari/Bird Watching
Located to the west of the fort is a 586 sq. km forested area that supports a rich variety of wildlife particularly wolves. Other wildlife to be seen here include four horned antelope, leopards, sloth bears, sambar, hyena, flying squirrel, crocodiles and wild boars. Birds to be seen include flamingoes, cormorants, spoonbills and egrets usually seen in winter. This is a very pleasant place to visit. Old tracks, still used by camel trains, lead through the sanctuary & are ideal for exploring on foot or horseback. The scarcity of water holes between March and June makes it an ideal time to see the animals.
 
 
 
     
 
Mucchal Mahavir Temple
 
 
Destination Muchhal Mahavir Temple
Location Kumbhalgarh
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities
Heritage sight seeing,Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Located in the premises of the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is this interesting Jain temple. Its distinctive feature is the statue of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, with a moustache. The two statues of elephants guarding the gateways are splendid examples of architecture.