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Few days back, I came up with the list of ‘destinations on the rise’. While searching and writing about all these destinations I made my mind to cover all these places. Luckily for my surprise, my husband planned for kumbhalgarh. So very next day we packed our bag and drove to kumbhalgarh.
Here I am going to share my experience of kumbhalgarh. The place is known as the silent hill station of Rajasthan standing majestically on the high ridge with elevation of 1100 meters (3600 feet) above sea level. The beauty of kumbhalgarh amazed me because I have not seen a place like this in Rajasthan….. mountains covered with lush green forests, small lakes between them, no city culture…only small villages and greenery all around. It is among few places which are not destroyed by people. So if you want to soak yourself in nature then it is a must visit place for you.
Kumbhalgarh is mainly known for magnificent kumbhalgarh fort, so we started our journey from here. Located on the bank of Banas river, it is the second most important fort of Rajasthan. Fort was built by Rana Kumbha and it took him some 15 years and legendry sacrifice of a sage to built this fort. The fort stretches across 36 KM of the Aravali mountains, including world’s second largest wall known as “THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA”. The fort was built to serve a refuge for Mewar rulers in times of strife. It is also the birth place of “The Great Maharana Pratap” whose legend can be heard here.
This impregnable fort is protected by 13 mountains peaks of Aravali range, seven huge imposing gates just like the sentinels. Unlike other places in Rajasthan, very few guides were available here. So we took help of a little girl as guide and she briefed us about history and legends of the fort. One interesting fact she told us that walls of this fort was constructed using mortar made of jaggery, ghee and clay.
After knowing history we walked up to Kumbha Mahal which is almost a ruin. However , a part of it houses a temple of goddess and priestess told us that lamp in front of goddess is lit for 600 years.
From there we walked up to Badal Mahal, which is main attraction of the fort. Situated at the top of the cliff Badal Mahal also known as Adobe of the clouds was built by Rana Fateh Singh in 19th century. The two storied structure is divided into interconnected distinct portions namely the Zamana ( quarter for females), and the Mardana Mahal (quarter for men), decorated with pastel colored murals of 19th century. The Zamana Mahal is composed of stone jalis which facilitated the queens to see the court proceedings and other events in privacy. All the chambers are provided with ingenious natural air conditioning system which draw cool air into the rooms and ventilate them from bottom.
Walking through narrow dark passages between different rooms, we reached the top and it was almost evening. The view of hills and valley coupled with setting sun was breathtaking and cold breeze touching my face was icing on the cake..
After witnessing such spectacular sunset we walked down and visited Neelkanth Mahadev temple. After that enjoyed the light & sound show. It was not the best light & sound show that I saw but interesting enough as it shows the whole history of kumbhalgarh in an engaging manner.
Overall this place is a must go for people who are history buffs and are interested in viewing the beauty, architeture and engineering of old times. I enjoyed the fort and the history behind it. I visit in first week of october and it takes about 2 days to cover all the places in and near kumbhalgarh. If you want to know more ask by commenting below and be in touch for the next two post about kumbhalgarh.
Next day we visited Ranakpur jain temple.
Check our next post for Hotels we stayed in.