• Dhruvi Gohil

World's Second Longest Wall-Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh is a medieval town in Rajasthan's Rajsamand region, around 85 kilometers from Udaipur. The spectacular monuments, royal chhatris, and glorious palaces of Kumbhalgarh are well-known. With its beautifully carved temples and exceptional artistry, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the country's most powerful fortresses. It has also been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Entrance walls of the fort

The fort was erected between 1443 and 1458 AD by Rana Kumbha to safeguard the palaces and his Mewar empire. The fort's massive wall runs for 36 kilometers and the entrances are wide enough for eight horses to pass through. The fort's huge compound is littered with ancient ruins, and strolling about it can bring you to another time period. It has earned the title "Great Wall of India," as it is the world's second-longest continuous wall after the "Great Wall of China" and India's longest wall. The main entrance gates are enormous.

Even before I entered the enormous Kumbhalgarh Fort, which towered loftily above, the robustly rounded bastions caught my attention. The fort's well-considered architectural characteristics have made it an invincible fortress of Rajput dominance. To get to the fort, we trekked for a few kilometers and later took local transportation, as personal vehicles are not permitted after a certain point. The wall begins from a great distance away. Beautiful gardens feature agave plants, which are the main attractions.

Agave plants

The forts contain thick walls and a variety of architectural structures that demonstrate Kumbhalgarh's rich culture. Kumbha Palace, Jhalia ka Malia (Palace of Queen Jhalia) where Maharana Pratap was born, and the highest Badal Mahal are among the palaces. In comparison to the ambient temperature, I felt chilly once I was in between the royal walls. There are various Jain and Hindu temples in the fort. There are around 70 temples within the fortress including the Mammadev temple, Surya temple, and Shiva temple.

Hindu Temple and Fort wall

Standing on the fort's balcony with mountain valleys, clouds, and a gorgeous sky in front of me, I felt fantastic.

View from Badal Mahal

The road to Kumbhalgarh passes through villages, and I watched agricultural traditions such as ploughing the field with an ox, drinking from wells, and walking miles and miles to get to their homes rather than utilizing automobiles. It is a must-see destination at least once in a lifetime.

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