64 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important
citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges
the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility
and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered.
It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort
also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental
significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Partap.
The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand
a long siege.
The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber
for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples
built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal
or the palace of the clouds.
The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick
wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast.
Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large
compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding.