Built under Rana Kumbha, the ruler of Mewar, this gargantuan fortress played an important role in keeping rulers safe during times of conflict and war. Udai Singh II, the 16th-century maharana of Mewar who founded Udaipur, was smuggled here from Chittorgarh as an infant.
Kumbhalgarh Fort makes for a quiet getaway from the city of Udaipur. Most day tours to the fort depart from Udaipur, and many tours combine a stop here with a visit to the nearby Ranakpur Jain Temple.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture aficionados.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.
The fort is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Kumbhalgarh Fort is located in the Rajasthan desert, about a 2.5-hour drive from Udaipur or four hours from the state's most famous fort, Chittorgarh. It's not well connected by public transportation but is a convenient spot to break the journey if traveling by car between Jodhpur and Udaipur. From the fort, it takes about four hours to reach Jodhpur.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort is between November and February, the coldest months in Rajasthan. Temperatures begin to rise in March and continue to do so until they peak in late May and into June. Monsoon rains from late June through September help cool things down a bit.
The Hill Forts of Rajasthan
In 2013, UNESCO declared six of Rajasthan's forts, including Kumbhalgarh, a collective World Heritage Site. The other forts that received the honor were Chittor Fort in Chittorgarh, Ranthambore Fort in Sawai Madhopur (near the Ranthambore National Park tiger reserve), Gagron Fort in Jhalawar, Amer Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur, and Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer.
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