I visited Kumbhalgarh Fort on 20th April 2019 and spent one night. This is outside city but worth to visit once.
My Walking Story :
Today I am going to narrate about Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan. We reached at Kumbhalgarh in the evening time, by that time Fort got closed but during evening time there was shown outside the Fort in a space beside the fort.
They explain the history of Kumbhalgarh in that show, so I purchased show tickets and parked our vehicle and was waiting for the show to get started. This show got over around 8 pm in the evening and it located outside the city. Now Kumbhalgarh is a small place there was a resort in place of hotels, so I thought that we’ll stay at any resort. When we check the resorts, all rooms were occupied and we checked almost 10 resorts at that point in time, while we come to know that a huge group has visited Kumbhalgarh and they have booked almost every resort of the Kumbhalgarh.
It was getting difficult for us to get a room and we didn’t have our dinner as well in the stress of finding room as my mother was also there and I must take care of her. It was 9 pm of the night, my friend told me to go back to Jaipur but in that case, one has to travel the whole night which was not possible at that time, so I suggested going outside of Kumbhalgarh in a hope to find a resort.
We got one resort but that doesn’t seem to be good enough, finally, we got one more resort after traveling 10 kms out of Kumbhalgarh. They said that only one room is available, and it was no possibility for three of us to stay in a single room, we argued to make out for one more room, if possible.
The concern checks one room which was booked but the visitor doesn’t arrive, so they allotted to us. At last, we got two rooms at around 11 pm night and we went inside to our rooms, kept our luggage and my mother was already tired and she went to sleep, while I and my friend step outside and had dinner as that there was a party in that resort, so we sited over there and had a long conversation till 1 am of the night. Then we went inside the resort and had a sound sleep.
The name of the resort was “Keya Valley Resort” and had clicked few pictures of resort one can check. It is in the heart of green valley hills. I would like to describe more about Kumbhalgarh Fort, The Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most significant fort of Rajasthan next to Chittorgarh. Located at a range of 64 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand district, The Kumbhalgarh Fort is simply convenient from the city of Udaipur.
This unconquerable stronghold is secured under the kind shelter of the Aravalli ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was constructed by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort acquired its title from the same factor. Surrounded by thirteen tall mountain peaks, the fort is built on the topmost hills around 1,914 meters above sea level. The strengthening of the fort extends to the length of 36 kilometers including this fact that has presented this fort to be in the international records.
It is declared to be the second-longest wall in the globe, the prime being ”the Great Wall of China”. The enormous complex of the Fort has infinite palaces, temples, including gardens making it more beautiful. On our route to Kumbhalgarh fort, some kilometers before, one finds ourselves on a twisted path going within deep valleys also thick forests. This way would lead you to the Ariat Pol, where you can track the watchtower and then Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol including Nimboo Pol will arrive crosswise your track.
The immovable Fort possesses seven massive gates, seven fortifications folded with one another with created walls toughened by arched bastions including huge watchtowers. The powerful structure plus solid support of the Fort made it unbeatable to date. The massive walls of the fort are spacious enough to occupy eight horses’ side by side. There are not less than 360 temples inside the group of the Fort.
Amongst all of them, Shiva Temple is worth attending which contains a tremendous Shivalinga (Phallic form). The Fort is also recognized for its splendid palace that dwells on the top of the structure. This elegant palace is recognized as ‘Badal Mahal’ or the Palace of Cloud. It is also certified to be the birthplace of great warrior Maharana Pratap.
This palace has wonderful rooms with the attractive colour combinations of green, turquoise also whites showing a bright contrast to the earthy colours of the Fort. This place presents the illusion of being wandering in the world of clouds. Cloud Palace also gives a fantastic panoramic vista of the midtown.
While in the late 19th centenary, Rana Fateh Singh once overtook the initiative to reconstruct this extraordinary palace. In times of trouble, the fort also proposed shelter to the rulers of Mewar. Additionally, the baby king Udai Singh was kept here innoxious during the time of battles. The huge complex of the Fort offers early remnants to travel plus one can spend pleasurable dusk while walking through the valleys of Kumbhalgarh Fort.
The sky was clear with no sign of clouds and the weather was good, so it was easy to explore the nearby areas of the fort. Some temples were there in good condition and some good architectures were just opposite to the fort it seems like a temple. Then I walk near the fort wall and you can see the endless expanse of the out walls of the fort. I would love to track along these outer walls and the travel bug inside me was pushing me up to explore more and more, it was amazing to view of that area in light sunlight as it going to sunset. My intension was to explain this as I am always fond of historical places.
Next morning we start our journey towards Jaipur from Kumbhalgarh Fort with the imagination how people would have walked or climbed up on elephants and horseback daily, and how this type of structures was made without any machinery or other pieces of equipment with such heavy stones which are still alive and gives us a feel of our history. For now, I’m leaving you with these pictures taken on this trip. So, after done with our breakfast we headed towards Jaipur at around 10 am in the morning.
It was going to take four hours to reach Jaipur and there was my flight for Bangkok at 7 in the evening, so I have to reach at 5 in the evening and I have to drop my mother in the bus for Delhi. We reach on time at Jaipur and after dropping my mother, we both went for some shopping as I must purchase a few things before going to Bangkok and had some delicious food as well. Finally, my friend dropped me at the airport for my flight to Bangkok and went away after loving goodbye. Here my trip ends, do check all the pictures posted on my blog of this historic place. Hope you like it!
Around Kumbhalgarh Fort
Below roadside pictures were taken between Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India
I captured some beautiful shorts of local people and some shops of that area.
Keya Valley Resort
Devro ki bhagal , Village, Kanuja, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325, India