The second largest wall in the world, Kumbhalgarh is called the Great Wall of India

Kumbhalgarh is called the Great Wall of India

Kumbhalgarh is called the Great Wall of India

The second largest wall in the world, Kumbhalgarh is called the Great Wall of India. That 36 km long wall is the specialty of this fort.

Almost everyone dreams of visiting Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan has a rich history of its own, which makes it more attractive to tourists. The forts and palaces here attract many tourists.

From Jaipur to Jaisalmer, Amer Fort is very famous among the people but Kumbhalgarh Fort has special importance. That 36 km long wall is the specialty of this fort.

It is a world heritage site belonging to the hill springs of Rajasthan. Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, this fort has the status of the second-largest wall in Asia.

This wall is considered to be the second-largest wall in the world. Almost everyone has heard about the Great Wall of China, just like Kumbhalgarh is called the Great Wall of India.

Kumbhalgarh Fort Located about 80 km north of Udaipur Forest. in Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second largest fort after Chittorgarh Fort.

Built on a hilltop about 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) above sea level in the Aravalli range, Kumbhalgarh Fort has an enclosure wall that stretches 36 kilometers (about 22 mi) and is 15 feet wide, making it one of the longest structures in the world.

The world builds a wall. Spread across the Aravalli range, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the famous king of Mewar. This is why Rajputs have a special place in the heart of the fort.

The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee.

Structure of Kumbhalgarh Fort

The fort is built with 7 huge gates. The main buildings inside this huge fort are Badal Mahal, Shiva Temple, Bedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Mamdev Temple. There are about 360 temples in the Kumbhalgarh fort complex, of which 300 are Jain temples and the rest are Hindu.

You have to climb a steep ramp-like path (a little over 1 km) to reach this fort. Inside the fort there are various sections including rooms, which are given different names.

Every evening a light and sound show is held in this fort. Which starts at 6:45 PM. This 45 minutes light and sound show provides an interesting experience to the visitors.

Which brings alive the history of the fort. If you want to enjoy this show, you have to pay 100 taka for adults and 50 taka for children.

Huge lamps are lit in the evening to illuminate the fort. About 50 liters of ghee and 100 kg of cotton are used in this. And every night there is a light and sound show in the courtyard of the fort.

Traditional stories related to Kumbhalgarh fort

There is a very mysterious story related to the construction of the Kumbhalgarh fort wall. It is said that when the construction of Maharana Kumbh started in 1443, many obstacles started coming up. Worried about this, Rana Kumbha called a saint and told him about all his troubles.

The saint said, the construction of the wall will proceed only when a person voluntarily sacrifices himself. Hearing this, Rana Kumbha again became worried, but then another saint said that he was ready to sacrifice his life for it.

He said he would walk to the mountains and sacrifice him wherever he was. The saint stopped at a place on the hill, where he was killed and thus the construction of the wall was completed.

Shiva temple with huge Shiva Linga

Inside the fort known as Neelkanth Mahadev, there is a huge Shiva Linga about 5 feet high in the Shiva temple. It is said that Maharana Kumbha's body was so huge that when he would 'abhishek' the Shivalinga, he would sit up to the height of the Shivalinga and offer milk.

Birth place of Maharana Pratap

Kumbhalgarh Fort is the birthplace of Bahadur Maharana Pratap, the great warrior of Mewar who never bowed down to the mighty Mughals. From the top of the fort one can see the green hill ranges spread far and wide in front of the Kumbhalgarh fort.

How to reach?

Kumbhalgarh is 82 km northwest from Udaipur by road. Getting there by cab can cost around 5 thousand rupees, you can also hire a car.

Car rental will cost 500-1000 rupees per day. It takes about 2 hours to reach Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur.

Entry ticket to the fort is Rs 40 for Indian citizens and Rs 600 for foreigners. There is no charge for parking.

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