Which Fort is Absolutely Beautiful in Udaipur?
Although Udaipur is known primarily for the lakes, there are marvellous forts around the city. Among all the forts, the Kumbhalgarh Fort remains the absolute beautiful fort in Udaipur. If you are backpacking in Udaipur, a day trip to the Kumbhalgarh Fort is a must. People from all across the globe travel to Udaipur to get a glimpse of this architectural wonder.
Forts in and around Udaipur are the symbol of the unseen battles fought in the Mewar kingdom. You will be astonished to learn about the historical significance behind each fort. A tour of these forts gives you an insight into the glorious past of Mewar Kingdom. Walking through these forts will render you a feeling of walking through the pages of history.
The wonder of architecture during those days can be witnessed in these forts. All the forts are built in such a way that they sustain the weather to date. Some of them are nothing less than a work of wonder. So exploring the forts are a must when you are in Udaipur.
Kumbhalgarh Fort – The Great Wall of India
One of the most important forts of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh Fort, is absolutely beautiful. The pictures on the internet do not do justice to how surreal it is in real life! The beauty of the fort lies in the topography of the place. Nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Ranges, the fort is 38 kilometres long, and it surrounds the city of Udaipur. Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, the fort is considered the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The fort has protected the Mewar dynasty from so many attacks yet still stands strong in the present times. You will have to keep a day for exclusively exploring the fort and learning about the place’s fascinating history. Do not miss out on the nearby attractions as well.
As you enter the fort, your attention will be drawn by the fort’s wall. After the Great Wall of China, Kumbhalgarh Fort has the second largest wall in the world. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site under the group hill forts of Rajasthan. The fort’s architecture is another reason it is a treat to the eyes.
If you are searching for adventure and ways to break the monotony, I suggest you go for a hike in the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The secluded atmosphere lends a tranquil vibe to the fort. Catch the spectacular sunset from the bird’s eye view. Witnessing such magical sunsets remains one of my favourite things when I am on my solo venture. And honestly speaking, Udaipur has got some amazing locations for sunrise/sunset in the whole of Rajasthan!
How to reach Kumbhalgarh Fort from Udaipur
The fort lies about 100 kilometres, approximately away from the city. Hence it is not difficult for travellers to reach the place from Udaipur. However, as the fort lies in a secluded region, there is no availability of direct transportation.
There are many modes of transportation available for you to choose from. You can opt for a bus, taxi, or hire a cab to reach the destination. If you are on a low budget, a combination of a taxi and bus is perfect for you to reach the fort. However, the best option is a rental car or a self-drive car. As the fort is inside the forest area, it is better to have a car with you. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to get transportation at the time of return from such a remote place. The transportation cost is within INR 2,000 for a round trip.
If you are a solo traveller, I would suggest you gang up with a team who are visiting Kumbhalgarh Fort from Udaipur. Then the journey becomes easier and also safer.
Things to do in and around Kumbhalgarh Fort
A day trip to the Kumbhalgarh Fort offers you many activities. You can visit the temples and wildlife sanctuaries. Keep the below places of attraction in your mind when you plan the itinerary.
- Visit the Ganesh Temple, which lies within the parameters of the fort. It is considered one of the earliest temples built inside the fort.
- Neel Kanth Mahadeva Temple, which idolises the shrine of Lord Shiva, is also located inside the fort. You can even plan to visit other temples nearby the fort as well.
- If you are fond of wildlife, make sure to have some time to visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The entry fee to the sanctuary is around INR 200.
- Do not forget to Visit Ranakpur Jain Temple on your way to the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is at a distance of 33 kilometres approx from the fort.
Away from the crowd, Kumbhalgarh Fort is a place where you can spend some quality time with yourself and click some aesthetic pictures for your Instagram story. It should definitely be a part of your Udaipur itinerary. I’m pretty sure you must be excited to witness this beautiful fort on your own. The best time to visit the fort is in the winter season. The weather during this time makes it comfortable for travellers to wander in and around the fort. Read here to discover the best season to visit Udaipur.
If you have already been to Kumbhalgarh Fort, let me know what part of the place attracts you the most or which fact about the fort you find most interesting in the comments below.
Keep exploring, ladies!
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