Kumbhalgarh, located 64 Km from Udaipur, this mountain fortress built in 15th century was called the "eye of Mewar" because of its strategic position in relation to its agressive neighbours of Gujarat and Marwar.
Designed in accordance with the ancient Hindu treatise, Vastu Shastra, it has a commanding view of the wild and rugged landscape of the Aravallis, having an array of magnificient palaces and ruined temples.
CLIMATE: The climate of Kumbhalgarh is tropical with the mercury climbing up to a maximum of around 42°C during summers while winters are a bit colder with the temperature hovering between a maximum of around 25°C and a minimum of around 11°C. The annual total rainfall is around 88 centimeters. Winter months (September-March) are the best to visit this place.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary : The 586 sq. km. Sanctuary supporting a rich variety of wildlife like the panther,sloth bear,wild boar, four horned antelope and scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake, are the major attractions.The sanctuary is also noted for flamingoes, cormorants, spoonbills and egrets
usually seen in winter.
Ranakpur Temples (85 km from Udaipur and 50 km from Kumbhangarh): These beautiful jain temples are a fine example of the temple architecture. Kankroli-Rajsamand are known for their scenic beauty.
On the way to Kumbhalgarh lies a magnificent dam- the Rajsamand Lake. The royal lake, built in 1660
by Rana Raj Singh. From here one can have a spectacular view of the sunset with beautiful ? torans' or arches and chhatris adorning the embankment. The lake has a Rest House of the Irrigation Department on the embankment below. The Rest House has a beautifully laid out garden interspersed with exuqisite sculptures excavated from the ruins nearby.
The town of Kankroli nearby with a marvelous temple and a pretty palace on the hill top offers a scenic experience.
Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh
Attractions and Places to Visit in Kumbhalgarh
Muchchal Mahavir: A picturesque garden, laid out during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 A.D. The garden has an enchanting setting called 'Shimla'
Haldighati: The scene of the famous battle off 1576 AD fought between Rana Pratap-the heroic son of Udai Singh and the massive forces of the mughal Emperor Akbar. A beautiful Chhatri with white marble cloumns, dedicated to Rana Pratap stands here.
How to Reach Kumbhalgarh
By Air: Udaipur is the nearest domestic airport. One can take flights to other important tourist destinations of the region like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, and Delhi. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.
By Rail: Udaipur is also the nearest railway station from Kumbhalgarh. There are trains for Delhi, Chittaur, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur from Udaipur.
By Road: There are several buses from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh. From Udaipur buses for many important places to its north and west can be taken.