Rajasthan is a land of forts! How many states in India can boast about this? This post is on Kumbalgarh Fort. It is one among the six hill forts of India included in UNESCO World heritage site. Kumbalgarh Fort was a must see spot for us during our Rajasthan tour. Especially after we knew this is the longest continuous wall in the World, after The Great Wall of China. The Wiki mentions:
The fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometers in length, claimed to be the longest in the world after The Great Wall of China.
“Attributed to Maharana Kumbha, this fort was built in 1443-1458 AD under the supervision of architect Mandan” mentions a board put up by the ASI there. This fort was built over the remains of an earlier fort built by Jaina prince Samprati of second century BC.
The fort is located in the Aravalli ranges, at a height of 1100meters and so well camouflaged by the hills, that till you reach the main entrance of the fort you will not be able to sight it. A huge muscular fort, walls 25 feet wide, so well maintained and we were there at around 4 in the evening, gentle wind was blowing across, clear sky and a slow setting sun; what more could we ask?
As we went higher and higher crossing the seven gates, the sights around and below got even more breathtakingly beautiful. And as is with every fort, this mighty fort too was full of tales, some sweet, some treacherous.
It was here Prince Uday Singh II spent his childhood after he was saved by Paana Dai, a maid. The Great King Maharana Pratap was born here. Maharana Kumbha was treacherously stabbed to death by his eldest son Uday Singh I, when he was meditating near the temple tank in the fort.
An inner fort, Kartargarh, has a palace, the Badal Mahal built by Maharana Fateh Singh (AD 1884 – 1930) after he had pulled down the old palace built by Maharana Kumbha. The paintings on the walls are still maintained well.